Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb knows the NFL is a business, and that it’s a business in which you can lose your job if someone who’s better at your job becomes available. So Kolb says he has no hard feelings about the team’s pursuit of Peyton Manning last month.
What Kolb doesn’t feel great about, however, is that he didn’t hear about the Cardinals’ interest directly from head coach Ken Whisenhunt — he learned about it from watching TV and seeing a news update on the bottom of the screen that the Cardinals were making a move for Manning. And Kolb said today at the opening of the team’s offseason work that he told Whisenhunt that.
“I just said, in the future, if you can just communicate with me, I can take it, if this is the route you’re going,” Kolb said, via the Cardinals’ website. “I’d just rather hear it from [Whisenhunt] than the ticker. And he agreed, and that’s how relationships grow.”
If Manning had chosen Arizona, the Cardinals would have cut Kolb. Instead he chose the Broncos, and so Kolb is still there. Kolb says knowing the team nearly gave up on him in favor of Manning might give him a little bit of extra motivation, but he also says he didn’t really need any extra motivation.
“You get fueled by a lot of things,” Kolb added. “It will add a spark, but I am fighting for my job anyway.”
From Kolb’s perspective, fighting for a job with John Skelton is better than losing a job to Manning. So the Cardinals’ pursuit of Manning ended well for Kolb. He just doesn’t like how he found out about it.