From the outside looking in, the Cardinals’ decision to cut bait on quarterback Kevin Kolb seems fairly straightforward — new coach who didn’t bring him in elects to not give $2 million bonus to oft-injured and average passer who doesn’t fit scheme.
But Kolb indicated there was more to it than that, when he met with the Buffalo media.
“There was a lot of stuff behind the scenes,” Kolb said of his final months with the Cards, via Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic. “It was interesting how it all played out. But without going into too much detail, I wasn’t totally shocked it happened. . . .
“But there was a bit of a surprise there when it happened, even though a lot of arrows pointed in that direction. There were certain things being said that I tried to believe but at the same time I was trying to cover all my bases as well. That’s the best way to put it.”
Maybe there was a conspiracy. Maybe new coach Bruce Arians told him to hang tight, and tried to shake the tree to see if anyone would trade for Kolb (which would have been unlikely). Maybe Kolb heard what he wanted to hear.
Or maybe, Arians just didn’t want to be tied to a quarterback who had missed 17 games the previous two seasons.