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Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal

Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:54 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 5:42 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Since the lockout ended, we've waited with baited breath to find out when Kevin Kolb would get traded from the Eagles (presumably to the Cardinals). It's a "done deal," a league source told's Mike Freeman, who notes that Arizona will give up exactly what we noted earlier -- Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a high draft pick, believed to be a second-rounder.

Additionally, according to 97.5 The Fan's Adam Caplan who first reported the deal, the Cardinals have reached an agreement on a contract extension with Kolb that will pay him $63 million, including a whopping $20 million in guaranteed money.

Summer of Kolb

That is a LOT of cheddar for a guy who, as Freeman notes, hasn't proven anything. Of course, it's also less than the $30 million that Kolb's camp was reportedly demanding from the Cardinals in order to finalize the deal.

Then again, was there ever really a chance that he Cardinals wouldn't cave to Kolb's demands for a large extension? As we've written throughout the week, this was a game of chicken that was destined to end poorly for the Cardinals purely in terms of what they'd have to give up to land the quarterback.

There's obviously a shot that this deal does work for Arizona, if Kolb comes in and helps them reclaim the NFC West title. Or, if he's simply good enough to allow them to retain superstar wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who hasn't been happy with Arizona's quarterback situation since Kurt Warner retired.

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Since: Jul 4, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:59 pm

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal?

I agree with Sponge this guy is pretty good. He hasn't played much but when he was starting he would have 300+ yard games continuously. He's going to a team that likes to pass so this guy will probably be a top8 QB this year. Fitzgerald is going to have a huge year!

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:53 pm

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal?

Cards fans, relax a little. I think you'll be happy w/ Kolb, he's better than what you hear from all these armchair experts. I'm a Philly fan and I wish we could have kept Kolb for our future. I believe in kolbs ability to lead a team and he'll be a good Qb in this league. People knock him for his td-int ratio but it's misleading. If memory serves me correctly, Kolbs 1st action came in his second season against the Balt. Ravens(top "D" that year) just after half time while the Philly fans were calling for McNabbs head leading up to that game. McNabb had a poor first half and Reid made the switch at half time. Kolb wasn't ready and Reid knew it but Reid does things like that to show the fans that he knows a little more about football than all these armchair experts. Kolbs 1st pass or first drive went for a pick 6 to Ed Reed. Kolb ended up throwing 3 picks, all in the second half. It did shut the Philly fans up for awhile about McNabb.

Kolbs next action was in 2009 when McNabb got hurt. Kolb started two game after he came in for relief of an injured McNabb and threw for over 700yrds and 4 td's in those two starts. I believe it was 300+yrds and 400yrd in back to back weeks. That was all the Philly fans had to see for them again to call for McNabbs head. As you know, we shipped McNabb off at the end of the season so Kolb could get his chance.

2010, Kolb starts game #1 against Green Bay and got knocked out in the first half. Vick came in and moved the team up and down the field. Vick turned out to be a better fit for our West Coast "O", not because of skill or ability to read "D's" but his ability to scramble. Philly's "O"-line is bad. Vick ran for his life, Peyton Manning nor Tom Brady would have done anything different than Kolb behind our O-line. I'm not comparing Kolb to those two but neither could have been successful behind Phillys O-line. Vick looked good while teams were trying to contain him but once teams started blitzing and forcing Vick to his right, it was all she wrote. Kolbs last game in Philly was against Dallas, the last game of the season. Philly already had a playoff spot locked down and couldn't get a first round bye, so they punted on that game as they didn't want any of the starters to get injured. Kolb threw 3 more picks with our 2nd string O-line(our first string O-line is the equivalent of most teams 2nd stringers) blocking for him and  our back up receivers. Kolb didn't have a chance in that game. Even w/ Vick, Philly was up in the top 2 or 3 in sacks allowed and have been for years.

Kolb is an accurate passer who has a quick release. He doesn't have the strongest arm in the league but it is strong enough to make all the NFL routes. There is a lot of upside to Kolb and he can have some really BIG games. I know someone will pick apart every stat I put out there but this is off the top of my head, it may not have been for 400yrds, it may have been 395 yrds. but you get the point.     

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:52 pm

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal?

I dont get it....the guy isnt very good.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:49 pm

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal?

Everyone should finally shut it up about the Bidwill's being cheap because this was not a cheap get.
We can't call the Bidwills cheap. Now we must call them stupid.

Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:49 pm

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal?

$63M with $20M guaranteed?  Johnny U. is spinning in his grave.

Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:41 pm

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal?

Everyone should finally shut it up about the Bidwill's being cheap because this was not a cheap get.
It's no use in wanting something else now. That's a lot to pay, but now it's time for Mr. kolb to prove he was worth it. "If" he takes us to the playoffs and eventual SB then it was a great trade. "If" this only helps keep Fitz then it was a good trade. If neither of these work out then this was simply disasterous. Time will tell...we'll give them time.

Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:38 pm

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal?

@ Spottie

First of all, I'd like to congratulate you on your courage. I know that if I was a non-native speaker of English(like you), I wouldn't have the balls to write on such a site . It took me a while to figure out what you were trying to say, but in the end I think I got it. Keep up the good work.
As far as the trade goes, the Cards haven't made a good deal at QB since signing Warner. But 63 Mil to a guy who lost his job to a man who sat 2 1/2 years in prison seems like a good price.

Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:37 pm

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal?

Paid a lot, but this AZ fan says welcome Kevin.  I couldn't believe it when the Cards released Leinart last year and went with Anderson, Hall, and Skelton.  In addition to skills, coach Wiz demands leadership, toughness, and a commitment to the film room from his QB.  Kolb fits the bill.  Yes, DRC was a pro bowler two years ago, but he was also just plain bad at times last year.  He is a good, not great CB.  Given where the Cards were at, DRC and a second was expected.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:35 pm

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal?

every few games, Samuels comes out and tackles well, but the other games he either misses or gets help.  Not the best tackling corner in the game, but he can jump those routes better than most, so its a trade off

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:30 pm

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal?

It's starting to look like everybody in the NFC West is doing their very best to hand the division title to the Rams. If the 49ers don't grab Kyle Orton, cancel the NFC West's season and just plug the Rams into the playoffs at 6th seed.

As for this deal, the Cardinals are obviously banking on the future. This move is meant to retain Fitz and hopefully produce a starting-calibur QB sometime in the next 2 years. It's not meant to take the Cards to the playoffs this year. For now, Arizona fans will have to grit their teeth and watch a $20 million learning process.
lol they'd get the 4th seed and host a playoff game, against a team with a better record than them haha.  Just like the Seahawks, Colts and Chiefs did last year.  I can't wait to see the first 6-10 #4 seed in NFL history!

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