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


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.

40 responses to “Cardinals are paying Kevin Kolb’s $7 million roster bonus

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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!!!

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

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