ESPN’s Suzy Kolber reports that the Arizona Cardinals have decided to pay quarterback Kevin Kolb’s $7 million offseason roster bonus. The decision formally removes Arizona from the Peyton Manning sweepstakes.
The Cardinals didn’t have to turn the move into the league office. It’s not a transaction. They’ll simply allow time to elapse without releasing Kolb, and pay the bonus on Saturday.
Arizona’s front office apparently never considered parting with Kolb in the event they missed on Manning. Fingers crossed, they will hope a full offseason in the system helps Kolb work out his kinks.
More practice and study time probably aren’t going to cure Kolb’s penchant for getting happy feet and making himself small in the pocket, however, and to this point in his career those tendencies have prevented him from sustaining success.
Kolb will compete for the Cardinals’ starting quarterback job with John Skelton in training camp.