Veteran quarterback Kevin Kolb may be forced to retire due to concussion concerns. The former quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals spent the entire 2013 season on injured reserve with a concussion while a member of the Buffalo Bills.
It’s horrible luck for Kolb who has suffered several concussions over the course of his career. The more often you receive a concussion, the harder it is to shake the effects. One of the concussions he received with the Cardinals took a full two months to clear up. The concussion he received during the Bills’ preseason appears not to have worn off fully.
Speaking via ESPN, Bills head coach Doug Marrone says that he is unsure if Kolb will return to the team
“He’s under contract and I’m not aware of really what exactly is going on right now, whether he’s planning to come back, whether he’s not going to come back. I have no been informed of anything to that nature.”
It comes in the wake of comments Marrone made in a December interview about how he’s not heard from or spoken Kolb since the team placed him on injured reserve in August. “I haven’t seen Kevin,” he said.
It is unclear whether Bills’ general manager Doug Whaley has been in touch with Kolb.
Kolb is due to be paid $3.6 million in 2014. He has a $2 million base salary and a $1 million roster bonus that is owed on the third day of the league year, which is March 13th. If the Bills choose to release Kolb before March 13th, it would result in the savings of his $2 million base salary as well as his $1 million roster bonus.
If the Bills part ways with Kolb, it;s unlikely that he could play in the league again considering his concussion history. If they choose to keep him, they run the risk of having Kolb suffer another concussion. Kolb also has a decision to make concerning his health and well being.
Jahvid Best, formerly of the Detroit Lions was forced to retire form the NFL due to concussion concerns in 2013. He is also currently suing the NFL and helmet-makers Riddell over the concussions he received as a player.