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Report: Cardinals will keep Kevin Kolb in 2012

Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:56 pm
The Cards aren't set to part ways with Kolb just yet. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Previously, we'd pointed to the fact that the Cardinals have an option to get out from under Kevin Kolb's hefty contract before 2012 by not exercising an option on a $7 million roster bonus for Kolb at the beginning of the next league year.

There was some scuttlebutt that the Cardinals would end up bailing on the Kolb experiment a year in, but Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports Wednesday that Arizona will keep Kolb on the roster for at least one more year.

Arizona simply has too much invested -- they gave up a second-round pick and cornerback  Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to Philly in the trade to acquire Kolb and then inked him to a $63 million extension -- in Kolb to call the dogs off on his tenure in Arizona after one year.

However, Somers notes that 2012 will be a "defining year" for Kolb as a Cardinal, because of the salary increase he'll see over the next few years. If Kolb can't stay healthy, be productive on the field for Arizona and generate some wins in 2012, there's a good chance Arizona could cut bait before paying him a roster bonus in 2013.

Cutting Kolb after 2012 means the Cardinals will save over $40 million of Kolb's deal, which would be a tremendous value, except it means that they'll have already paid more than $10 million a year for two years of Kolb's services in Arizona.

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Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2011 1:21 pm

Report: Cardinals will keep Kevin Kolb in 2012

Sigh what more do they want from this bum he is a life time backup at best.

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2011 10:52 am

Report: Cardinals will keep Kevin Kolb in 2012

Ya...he had a bad year. He was also on a new team, got injured and was injured last year. Give him one more, or at least part of one, season to see if he can be the guy that flashed a few games in Philly. Remember, they took last years Vick over Kolb, not this years Vick...and given Vick's performance, I"m sure many, despite the lack of production from Kolb, wonder if the eagles jumped on him a bit soon...

Not to mention Kolb took 30 sacks in 9 games!!! ya...30! He's still 13th in most times sacked and he missed half the season. That would be hard for any QB, let alone a QB on a new team with no training camp. Overreact all you want as everyone will, but we really didn't get to learn a whole lot about the guy this year...

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 10:16 am

Report: Cardinals will keep Kevin Kolb in 2012

What a waste! Kolb was overrated in Philly and he still sucks in Zona!!

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 7:28 am

Report: Cardinals will keep Kevin Kolb in 2012

Kolb sucks !

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 5:01 am

Report: Cardinals will keep Kevin Kolb in 2012

it appears the motivating decesion on whether they keep him or not will be a money issue, and it should be a talent issue of can he play issue.

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 6:56 pm

Report: Cardinals will keep Kevin Kolb in 2012

Send Kolb to Indy for Manning in a straight-up deal.  Arizona has become the haven for future HOF NFL players at the end of their careers. He'd be following the footsteps/flight path of Edgerin James.  If Emmitt Smith could end his HOF career in AZ, why not Manning?  Peyton at age 37 is a better option for the next 2 years with a questionable neck injury versus Kolb who is a concussion away from being out the League.  However, if Kolb was operating behind that Offensive line in Indy, he could perhaps extend his career by another 2 years.

Although the Offensive Line in Arizona is nothing to brag about and may not provide the protection Manning was spoiled by, the Cardinals have the Offensive weapons to compete for NFC West and potentil trip to another SB.

Fact of the matter is, the Cardinals CANNOT rest their future in Kevin Kolb.  This means trade for Manning or draft a QB for the future.  Kolb is not the future in AZ and should not have even been considered for the job.  IMO, Whisenhunt was adament to acquire this UNPROVEN guy for his own job security for at least 2 more years in AZ.  The lock-out and concussions are the excuses the Cardinals organization use to justify keeping this guy.   Pssst...  Kolb may be a great guy and all, but in the NFL, it's all about "what have you done for me lately."  All Kolb has done is prove he's damaged goods.

Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 6:02 pm

Report: Cardinals will keep Kevin Kolb in 2012

I just never saw why he was dubbed a super star to begin with. If Philly got rid of him over Vick who has not exactly been stellar....

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 4:18 pm

Report: Cardinals will keep Kevin Kolb in 2012

just cut him now. he isn't the guy you thought you were paying for so cut him lose. skelton has more wins this season than kolb.

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 4:17 pm

Report: Cardinals will keep Kevin Kolb in 2012

when watching Kevin Kolb play, it looks like that he can't read a defense and goes to his check downs very quickly. He has very little mobility in the pocket and seems to get off his gave rather easily when pressured/hit. Cardinals are keeping him on the roster next year cause it will look very bad if they decided to cut him during the off season. Skelton has a better grip to the Cardinals offense and the players respond to him better.

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2011 3:20 pm

Report: Cardinals will keep Kevin Kolb in 2012

Another example of a guy that looks great when he fills in, but as a full timer, eh, take 'em or leave 'em

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