The Cardinals, and new coach Bruce Arians, can’t be sure whether quarterback Kevin Kolb can play or not.
But it seems clear they want to pay him less.
With Kolb due a $2 million roster bonus and a $9 million salary, the Cards are having some sticker shock for a guy they traded for two years ago.
“It’s a big number and given the productivity and the questions about durability and everything, that’s something that I think the reality is we need to sit down and discuss,” team president Michael Bidwill said in interview with KTAR, via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.
They’ve already paid Kolb $20 million, for underwhelming performance in the 15 games he’s actually played in because of various injuries.
Then again, he’s probably the best of an odd lot of passers in Arizona, such that that’s a compliment, and that gives him a bit of leverage heading into March 17, when his roster bonus is due.
Kolb at a reduced rate and a young passer would be an ideal situation for the Cardinals, but they’ve got to get him to agree to it first.