The sad and pathetic reign of Kevin Kolb has seemingly come to an abrupt end in Arizona. Sources told NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport that they expect Kolb to be cut very soon.
Could Kolb be heading out of Arizona and on his way to the Meadowlands?
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One source told Rapaport that Kolb “won’t be on the roster by this weekend”. The move makes sense financially, as Kolb is due a hefty roster bonus soon. On March 17th, he is due a $2 Million dollar roster bonus on top of his $9 Million base salary for next season. The team made it clear that Kolb would have to take a significant pay-cut to remain a Cardinal, but that seems unlikely now. The team significantly overpaid for Kolb, who never performed up to expectations with the team. the Cardinals gave up a second-round pick and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to obtain him from the Philadelphia Eagles. At the time, it seemed like a good deal. Kolb had looked like a potential franchise quarterback after his stint with the Eagles. But alas, almost eerily similar to fellow let down (and now free agent) Matt Cassell at Kansas City, the team drastically overpaid for an unproven quarterback and hoped to hit the big time.
The team seems to have already begun the process of replacing Kolb even before he has been officially cut. They recently signed Drew Stanton, who says he is ready to be a starter for them.
“They need to find an answer at this position,” Stanton said during his introductory press conference, the Arizona Republic reported. “I want to be that answer. I’m going to do everything in my power to be that answer, and given that opportunity, I feel like I can.”
Kolb seemed to struggle under pressure with Arizona’s poor offensive line, which in turn made it difficult for him to avoid injury. He struggled with nagging injuries and just never had time to settle in the pocket.
He may not be out of a job for very long, though. There are already reports (specifically from profootballtalk.com) that the Jets may be interested in the quarterback’s services. Quarterbacks Mark Sanchez, David Garrard, Greg McElroy, Tim Tebow and Matt Simms are already signed to the roster, but Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that if the price is right, Kolb will not just be on the Jets’ roster but will be the favorite to be the Week One starter. Initially, the Jets QB competition was going to be Sanchez vs Garrard with McElroy having an outside shot of winning the job, Tebow likely being released, and Matt Simms being a “camp arm”.
Could Kevin Kolb be a New York Jet in the future? Could he find a revival with Gang Green? We’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this growing story over the next few days.
Sports-Kings Down and Distance contributor Tad Johnson
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