“I know how the NFL works,” Kolb told the Arizona Republic. “Anything is possible. I just try to keep my mind clear and do what I can on my end. I plan on having a great year and being a Cardinal for a long time.”
The Colts are expected to release Manning before March 8, when they would owe him a $28 million roster bonus. The Cardinals owe Kolb a $7 million roster bonus on March 17. So the Cardinals will have some time to check Manning out and see if their doctors think he’ll be able to play in 2012 before they have to decide if they want to pay Kolb or release him.
However, cutting Kolb after only one season would be a tough pill to swallow for the Cardinals after giving up a second-round draft pick and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to acquire him. Kolb thinks the Cardinals still have faith in him as their franchise quarterback.
“Every indication on my end shows me that I’ll be there,” Kolb said.
Then again, it wasn’t too long ago that Kolb had every indication he’d be the long-term starter for the Eagles.