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Kolb’s future still to be determined

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Last year, the Cardinals opted to pay a $7 million roster bonus to keep quarterback Kevin Kolb.

This year, the Cardinals soon must decide whether to pay Kolb another $2 million.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Kolb’s status is still to be determined.  His contract pays a $2 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the new league year (Saturday), followed by a $9 million base salary — along with a $500,000 roster bonus.

Now that the Cardinals have added quarterback Drew Stanton, they arguably don’t need Kolb.  And with the G.M. and head coach who traded for Kolb gone, there’s no reason to keep him around — especially at a cap number of $13.5 million.

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25 Responses to “Kolb’s future still to be determined”
  1. joetoronto says: Mar 14, 2013 10:01 AM

    At some point they need to cut their losses.

    Now is a good time to start.

  2. nfcbeastly says: Mar 14, 2013 10:03 AM

    He’s as good as gone. The Drew Stanton era has just begun.

  3. beardinals says: Mar 14, 2013 10:03 AM

    As good as gone. He’s playing hard-to-get, when no one cares. Let four other guys battle it out in training camp.

  4. cardsfann1 says: Mar 14, 2013 10:04 AM

    What a mess! Stanton is not better than Kolb. Kolb is not worth near the money that he makes. Skelton and Lindley are terrible. Seems like you got to cut Kolb loose and draft the best available qb in the 2nd round. You have to pick Fisher or Warmack or Jockel in the first round. Tyler Wilson in the 2nd round possibly. What a mess…

  5. jimthebuilder27 says: Mar 14, 2013 10:05 AM

    What a bust! Let this be a warning to other teams to not trade and put your eggs in the basket of another team’s reject or a backup who played well in spot duty.

    Remember, Drew Brees does not happen but once a generation. You draft a QB, and develop him!

  6. cantarguefacts says: Mar 14, 2013 10:06 AM

    Drew Stanton, baby! 16 games behind Andrew Luck can only mean success! Haha

  7. blippityboom says: Mar 14, 2013 10:08 AM

    why not trade him to KC and be reunited with Reid in return for Matt Cassel? KC gets a backup with upside and AZ gets an experienced QB before drafting Geno Smith in this draft?

  8. dublindemonszfl says: Mar 14, 2013 10:09 AM

    It’s determined, just not quite a reality, YET. He’s gonna be fired.

  9. sloppychimps says: Mar 14, 2013 10:10 AM

    Yeah, adding Drew Stanton really clears things up at the QB position…..

    Must be tough being a Cards fan.

  10. beardinals says: Mar 14, 2013 10:23 AM

    blippityboom says: “why not trade him to KC and be reunited with Reid in return for Matt Cassel? ”
    ————————————
    Because no one is stupid enough to pick up Kolb’s giant contract. Maybe you’d like him?

  11. steelerben says: Mar 14, 2013 10:23 AM

    Right up until Buffalo destroyed Kolb’s ribcage he was looking good. Not $11 million good, but if the benchmark is Joe Flacco at $22 million… He’s at least half that good.

    How is Drew Stanton, a perennial backup, the solution because he had one season in Arian’s offense?

    Cut everyone at QB that isn’t Stanton and Kolb, restructure Kolb, bring in Cassel once he gets cut, and have the most depressing quarterback competition that isn’t happening in Jacksonville. Or with the Jets. Or in Minnesota. Or in Oakland.

  12. rugbyisbetter says: Mar 14, 2013 10:27 AM

    I find it telling that the HC in Kansas City and the OC in Philly who is now the Jets OC, did not try and make a trade for Kolb.

    Grant it, he hasn’t played a full season to disprove he’s not worth the money. But thats business, and team can’t just spend 13.5 on the cap to ‘find out’..

    Cut the Kolb so he can compete in Cleveland or Buffalo, make Stanton ‘The Guy’, and draft the best QB available in the second round… or wait till you have the first pick in next year’s draft..

  13. fordmandalay says: Mar 14, 2013 10:28 AM

    Wow, first the Jests solve their QB problem by signing David Garrard, now the Cards solve their QB problem by signing Drew Stanton! – said no-one, ever.

  14. blockedshotnyr says: Mar 14, 2013 10:33 AM

    I would imagine that they should ask him to restructure, if he balks they should cut him. He’s worth keeping around at a reduced price though given that they were 4-1 with him under center and Drew Stanton has proved nothing. Let Kolb, Stanton and a rookie battle it out…

  15. blippityboom says: Mar 14, 2013 10:39 AM

    beardinals says: “Because no one is stupid enough to pick up Kolb’s giant contract. Maybe you’d like him?”

    As an Eagles fan, I’ve already had my time with him. So, no.

    I’m thinking you would hypothetically be trading one bad contract for another with the potential of a restructured contract agreement on the part of Kolb before signing-off on trade to KC.

  16. broncostevenp says: Mar 14, 2013 11:01 AM

    Why the Cards haven’t signed Fitzpatrick is beyond me. He is wwwaaaayyy better than Kolb or Stanton….and that isn’t saying much.

  17. ajb3313 says: Mar 14, 2013 11:02 AM

    Call me crazy, but should the Cardinals not at least entertain the prospect of moving Larry Fitzgerald (maybe not right now, but between now and next off-season)?

    The roster is a mess. They don’t have a quarterback, offensive line, and they’ve just handed the keys at running back to Rashard Mendenhall. Fitz is phenomenal, but until they raise the rest of the offense to some level of respectability, he’s just being wasted. And that’s just the offensive end. The defense isn’t much better either. I think Bruce Arians is a hell of a coach, but with this talent and so few real prospects, how exactly are the Cardinals going to get past the 49ers and Seahawks, much less the improved Rams?

    Call me crazy, but if Percy Harvin can yield a first, third, and seventh round pick, Fitz should be able to equal if not surpass that in terms of returns. He’s older, but there’s only one other comparable player skill-wise in the league and that’s Calvin Johnson. And even if all he can net is a first, third, and seventh, that’s got to be considered more useful than hanging onto him and dragging him through the next couple seasons of mud.

  18. truths4all says: Mar 14, 2013 11:06 AM

    The 4-1 record Cards Kolb fans keep harping about was smoke and mirrors as the rest of the season proved. The only game Kolb excelled in last season was the game against the Eagles where they stubbornly still played the same defense that was there when Kolb was, so he was ready for what they were going to do. Otherwise, Kolb was lost against the rest of the other teams. It was the defense that won those games for the Cards, and not Kolb in any way or manner.

    Its time for Kolb to find another WCO team where he can use his skillset instead of trying to ready coverages to go down the field.

    It is also telling that Reid has not done anything to try to re-acquire Kolb for his KC offense.

  19. broncostevenp says: Mar 14, 2013 11:12 AM

    “Call me crazy, but should the Cardinals not at least entertain the prospect of moving Larry Fitzgerald (maybe not right now, but between now and next off-season)?

    The roster is a mess. They don’t have a quarterback, offensive line, and they’ve just handed the keys at running back to Rashard Mendenhall. Fitz is phenomenal, but until they raise the rest of the offense to some level of respectability, he’s just being wasted. And that’s just the offensive end. The defense isn’t much better either. I think Bruce Arians is a hell of a coach, but with this talent and so few real prospects, how exactly are the Cardinals going to get past the 49ers and Seahawks, much less the improved Rams?

    Call me crazy, but if Percy Harvin can yield a first, third, and seventh round pick, Fitz should be able to equal if not surpass that in terms of returns. He’s older, but there’s only one other comparable player skill-wise in the league and that’s Calvin Johnson. And even if all he can net is a first, third, and seventh, that’s got to be considered more useful than hanging onto him and dragging him through the next couple seasons of mud.”

    I’ll call you crazy, you do not trade franchise players. Exhibit A) The Denver Broncos trade Jay Cutler to the Bears for 2 1st round picks. They drafted Knowshown Moreno and used the 2nd first rounder to draft Alphonso Smith. Both are considered huge misses with Smith being out of the NFL. There is no guarantee you will get value for Fitz by getting draft picks. You build your team around once in a decade players like Fitz, and not trade them. Second mention is Minnesota trading Randy Moss and then using the pick to draft Troy Williamson (ouch).

  20. jetstizzi85 says: Mar 14, 2013 11:30 AM

    He will probably come to NY and be reunited with OC MM….he has the experience in the system and the Jets need to QB battle….makes sense to bring him in and see what he can do

  21. justafanofitall says: Mar 14, 2013 11:43 AM

    Kolb just didn’t have the offense around him…give him a chance to compete with Stanton. Probably could offer a pay cut to stay.

  22. ravenousmike says: Mar 14, 2013 12:16 PM

    Who’s Drew Stanton?

  23. arrowdead says: Mar 14, 2013 12:27 PM

    Kolb is better than Stanton and while that is not saying much, it means they should keep Kolb….13.5 is a huuuge # for someone like Kolb, but use the Adrian Wilson $$ towards Kolb for one more year while Matt Barkley gets used to the offense.

  24. filmex2000 says: Mar 14, 2013 12:28 PM

    Kolb is a non-starter. Never, ever in his career has he ever managed to stay on the field for any extended period of time.
    Either his toe hurts or he has a concussion.

    The one thing he has proven since he was given the starter’s job in Philly is that he has a glass jaw.

    Andy Reid picked Ken Whisenhunt’s pocket like a scene out of “The Sting”. You’d think that after having watched Reid jettison AJ Feely and Donovan McNab at just the right time, that the Cards would have known better than to get in a bidding war against themselves and sign Kolb to anything other than an incentive-based contract.

    But, if they had those kind of smarts, they wouldn’t have been the Cards. With Coach Whiz and GM Rod Graves gone, the team may now have a chance.

  25. steve3211 says: Mar 14, 2013 1:21 PM

    Wow,
    What does the recent signings and fa activity say for the state of the qb position in the nfl. They can’t find better qb’s than the likes of stanton, kolb and cassel. I think this goes back to a severe problem with the way these guys are evaluated going all the way back to high school recruits. These guys are scouted based on height and upside potential starting out very early. Many play at big time high school programs where they have huge o-line men and are not under any pressure. How many young men get overlooked by college programs who are maybe 6’1″ or under and have not only great talent and huge football smarts and have also been in a pressure cooker their entire football career because the linemen suck. But because colleges look at stats and size and the reputation of the program they don’t get a chance. I would wager 100′s every year get overlooked because the scouting system sucks for these kids.

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