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Cardinals are paying Kevin Kolb’s $7 million roster bonus

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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.

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40 Responses to “Cardinals are paying Kevin Kolb’s $7 million roster bonus”
  1. nesportsfan0428 says: Mar 16, 2012 3:45 PM

    Kolb looks like Tackleberry from the Police Academy movies.

  2. revanslightsaber says: Mar 16, 2012 3:45 PM

    Lol John Skelton outplayed him last year

  3. hawkitnow says: Mar 16, 2012 3:45 PM

    Larry Fitzgerald is cringing somewhere.

  4. chaser44 says: Mar 16, 2012 3:46 PM

    If they can get another weapon on the outside to compliment Fitz and fix the offensive line Kolb can be a good qb. He just needs good protection in the pocket.

  5. boon613 says: Mar 16, 2012 3:46 PM

    Poor Fitzy. Such a talent wasted.

  6. jjackwagon says: Mar 16, 2012 3:46 PM

    Kolb probably is not real high on his employer right now with the whole Manning episode but now he has 7 million reasons to feel better.

  7. stairwayto7 says: Mar 16, 2012 3:46 PM

    Cards knew this Thursday night! No way were they going to cut Kolb and not have manning. Now with OTA’s and a full trainging camp we will see what Kolb can do.

  8. brenenostler says: Mar 16, 2012 3:46 PM

    The Cardinals usually start the QB that’s making a lot less money than the other.

  9. Soulman45 says: Mar 16, 2012 3:47 PM

    Can they pay Kolb and Manning to it could happen.

  10. sullijo1 says: Mar 16, 2012 3:47 PM

    That picture does not inspire confidence.

  11. trollhammer20 says: Mar 16, 2012 3:47 PM

    I find it mildly hilarious that the offers currently being extended to Manning are only slightly more than AZ paid Kolb last July.

  12. youngblood37 says: Mar 16, 2012 3:47 PM

    The NFC West thanks u!

  13. pensfan29 says: Mar 16, 2012 3:48 PM

    and the seasons over

  14. cliffordc05 says: Mar 16, 2012 3:49 PM

    All of the Miami and Seattle fans out there who are screaming for their team to do whatever it takes to sign Matt Flynn: Buyer Beware.

    Flynn might be the next Kurt Warner but there is just as good a chance that he is Kevin Kolb. I think Kolb will eventually be a very competent quarterback.

  15. mrmarcus55 says: Mar 16, 2012 3:51 PM

    He looks stressed in that pic becuase he knows he is going have to play that Niners D twice a year.

  16. kmack831 says: Mar 16, 2012 3:52 PM

    i dont know Cards Cap right now… but at the start of FA they were like 16 million over.

    So pretty much NO WAY to Sign Peyton, 1st Cut 16 Million, then cut another 12-20 to Sign Peyton…

    Yeah a lot of us knew that wasnt going to happen.

    SF will be your Superbowl Champs for the next 3 years!!!

  17. wdcskins says: Mar 16, 2012 3:57 PM

    The Cards were used by Manning, to drive up his asking price, so F him. I haven’t totally lost faith in Kolb (he’s a smart, solid pro, and he will work on his flaws), and Skelton’s got an intangible quality that seems to overcome the deficiencies in his game…maybe the Cards pick up a Weeden or Osweiler in the draft? With Fitz, anyone’s going to connect for, at least, some touchdowns. Got to get the ground game going, and the Cards can win the way that the ‘Niners did last year, with running and brute force on D.

  18. delsj says: Mar 16, 2012 4:00 PM

    Kolb is living the new American Dream – get paid as much as possible while doing the least amount of work!

  19. gryndyoyster says: Mar 16, 2012 4:05 PM

    Skelton is the QB of the future for the Cards. He is far better than Kolb in what we’ve seen. Kolb seems confused.

  20. jollyrob68 says: Mar 16, 2012 4:06 PM

    Very smart move.

  21. conormacleod says: Mar 16, 2012 4:06 PM

    Pay a guy a $7 mil roster bonus so he can compete for the starting position? That is just plain dumb.

  22. jollyrob68 says: Mar 16, 2012 4:07 PM

    However I Like Skelton.

  23. jacksaysfu says: Mar 16, 2012 4:08 PM

    Again , thank you guys so much for DRC and that 2nd round pick… Signed Eagles fans
    P.S . I think you hurt Kevin’s feelings with your pursuit of Manning , maybe you should buy Kolb some softer playing grass so his little toes dont get sore again. Oh and since we like you guys why don’t you give us a 3rd,4th and 5th and we’ll give you the great Asante Samuel.

  24. vegaskid21 says: Mar 16, 2012 4:08 PM

    LOL @ the Arizona GM

  25. juliusanonymous says: Mar 16, 2012 4:10 PM

    As a Seahawks fan, I don’t see this as particularly good news. Kolb had less than a full season to prove himself last year. Troy Aikman, Peyton Manning, and Matt Hasselbeck all looked like garbage when they first started out. It doesn’t mean anything.

    I think Kolb is a decent QB and he’s going to get it figured out. He may not be the next Montana, but he’s good enough to make the Cardinals competitive, and I know that because I saw it in person last season.

    The Cardinals lucked into the right decision. The NFC West is going to be an excellent division next season, and Kolb will keep them competitive.

  26. cthunder67 says: Mar 16, 2012 4:11 PM

    All of the Miami and Seattle fans out there who are screaming for their team to do whatever it takes to sign Matt Flynn: Buyer Beware.

    Flynn might be the next Kurt Warner but there is just as good a chance that he is Kevin Kolb. I think Kolb will eventually be a very competent quarterback.
    …………………………………………………………………………………..

    Only difference is neither team will pay him Kolb money. Nor will any team have to give up draft picks and players to obtain his services.

  27. heyguru1969 says: Mar 16, 2012 4:23 PM

    When you’ve got a track record like the Cards (excluding the Kurt Warner era), paying roughly $1million per win sounds just about in line.

  28. fordmandalay says: Mar 16, 2012 4:26 PM

    HOORAY maybe this season the Cards will be able to get 6, maybe 7 games out of overpaid fragile flower Kolb!! Here’s to 40 more years of fail under the Bidwells.

  29. wdcskins says: Mar 16, 2012 4:33 PM

    Jeez, do people love to hate on the Cards, but guys like Adrian Wilson and Larry Fitzgerald are changing the culture there. It takes time. Ask the Bucs, before they won their Super Bowl. Go on hatin’, but just come around and put your name on it when the Cards win the NFC West again.

  30. scottdragosnai says: Mar 16, 2012 4:35 PM

    I think the kid will be a surprise top 10 QB this year.
    Great RB and WR.
    Scott Dragos NAI

  31. bigbamboom1 says: Mar 16, 2012 4:41 PM

    Right Call. If they can keep the guy off his back and bring in a killer young tight end. He and Skelton is all they need to compete with the Niner’s.

  32. filmex2000 says: Mar 16, 2012 4:42 PM

    Jeez, there goes the season.

    Ken Whisenhunt is a fine coach in many ways, but his ability to size up QB talent is DISASTROUS.

    He thought Derek Anderson and the munchkin, Max Hall, were the answer. Then they paid $21 million per career victory to get Kolb, an even worse move.

    Most would wonder why Andy Reid would let him go, when he knew his starter, Michael Vick, was bound to miss games because of his playing style.

    He let him go because he knew Kolb has a glass jaw, as he was knocked out of the first game he started for the Eagles. He’s a walking concussion waiting to happen.

    This is on Whisenhunt and the abysmal GM Rod Graves, the genius who passed on local ASU hero Terrell Suggs to take Calvin Pace, another example of Graves trying to prove he’s the smartest guy in the room but instead proving he’s the dumbest.

    Pace ended up on the side of a milk carton while here in AZ, suitable for an Amber Alert, while Suggs is on his way to the HOF.

  33. Nevis says: Mar 16, 2012 4:43 PM

    A bad contract from day 1, everyone smelled it.

    Miss out on Manning.

    If nothing else, the Cards better pray Manning doesn’t end up in SF (I doubt he will), because that will just be the ultimate kick in the teeth.

  34. marcus158 says: Mar 16, 2012 4:49 PM

    revanslightsaber says:Mar 16, 2012 3:45 PM

    Lol John Skelton outplayed him last year

    ______________

    No he didn’t.

    Unless you think 11 TDs, 14 INTs, a QBR of 68.8, and a completion % of 54.9 is “good” over 8 games?

    Even Tim Tebow had better stats. Seriously, go and look ‘em up if you don’t believe me.

  35. tommythek says: Mar 16, 2012 4:52 PM

    Kolb and his agent are geniuses. Consider the $12 mil he got from the Eagles before the trade and the bonuses he has been paid in the last 10 months. His million per start ratio is the highest in NFL history. Don’t cry for him Argentina.

  36. goldrush36 says: Mar 16, 2012 5:02 PM

    Nelson points…… HA HA

  37. edavidberg says: Mar 16, 2012 5:02 PM

    Skelton outplayed Kolb. Watch the freaking games. Kolb was 2-6 in games throwing 10 passes or more. Skelton was 6-2. Take away the first SF game and the next week against the Rams and Skelton has 11 TD’s 9 INTs. Skelton redeemed himself the next game against SF leading AZ to a win.

  38. determineflksmakeit says: Mar 16, 2012 5:14 PM

    FIRST DAY OF TRAINING CAMP:

    Kolb: Sooo Larry how was it meeting Peyton. I wish I was invited
    Larry: uuhhhhh…One sec Skelton is calling me. I’ll get back to u.

  39. patswhatsup says: Mar 16, 2012 5:14 PM

    That photo of Kolb is hilarious!

  40. westcoastredbird says: Mar 17, 2012 10:30 AM

    Same old Cardinals. Levi Brown and now this. And they were 16m over the cap and Manning was on their radar? They better have one hell of a draft!

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