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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 CBSSports.com'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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Comments

Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal?

Seattle's goal is a Super Bowl and obviously Carroll and Schneider felt the cost for Kolb was too high and that he possibly could not lead a team to a Super Bowl. The Seahawks are building a ground game first type of offense and the quarterback in 2011 will be a game manager and not a game changer. Expect them to draft one of the qbs in the 2012 draft. In the meantime they have plent of other holes to fill. I think Kolb is a good fit for Arizona and the price might seem high but that team had to take the chance. 



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal?

Kolb definitely has potential. Too many NFL people like the guy. But...is that "potential" worth the kind of contract he just got? Time will tell. DRC + a 2nd round pick is probably about right IF Kolb is a solid (not necessarily "great") starter. DRC will definitely help the Eagles and a 2nd round pick usually means another stater or solid back-up. Decent deal for both teams, but better for the Eagles at this point. Subject to change if Kolb meets expectations.



Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal?

The irony is overwhelming! The owners have to make certain that they don't overpay rookies (good idea) then they turn around and do a deal like this for Kolb! He may not be a rookie but he is certainly unproven! It just goes to show you that all of that talk about fiscal responsibility goes right out the window when it comes to the emotions associated with football. Too much money always trumps too much intelligence in football!



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:31 pm
 

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal?

Jeff Hostetler for the Giants in 90 and Earl Morrall for the 72 Dolphins come to mind right off the bat. Of course both teams were built around defense and running games more than passing. Just had to throw that out there.



Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:31 pm
 

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal?

Ever hear of a guy named KURT WARNER?? Not only led his team as a back up to the SB, but won it.  Not to mention the rest of his NFL accomplishments.



Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:30 pm
 

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal?

As much as I hate the Eagles now for this, I cant blame them for celebrating this trade. If we are stupid enough to give them our pro bowl corner, 2nd rd pick, and a huge extension to Kolb its our own fault. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. (cardinals)



Since: Feb 2, 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:30 pm
 

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal?

I agree with the you can't win without pass defense part of your comment, but that's about it.  The 49ers may have improved themselves, but they kept Alex Smith, so they didn't improve enough.  Give Sam Bradford a year of experience and he will be a stud this year.  The defense isn't very good, but in all honesty, the NFC West is pathetic all the way around.  And how can you say Kevin Kolb is the next Ryan Leaf?  He wasn't drafted high, he's proven he can play well, just has had troubles staying healthy.  Kolb will have more of a positive impact on this team than Rodgers-Cromartie ever could.  Seattle added Sidney Rice, how is that not a big step forward?  Their QB situation got much worse, but they are a few years away from competing anyway, so why not get younger?  I think this move helps the Cards a lot and I also believe the Rams are the team to beat out West.



Since: Feb 2, 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:30 pm
 

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal?

I agree with the you can't win without pass defense part of your comment, but that's about it.  The 49ers may have improved themselves, but they kept Alex Smith, so they didn't improve enough.  Give Sam Bradford a year of experience and he will be a stud this year.  The defense isn't very good, but in all honesty, the NFC West is pathetic all the way around.  And how can you say Kevin Kolb is the next Ryan Leaf?  He wasn't drafted high, he's proven he can play well, just has had troubles staying healthy.  Kolb will have more of a positive impact on this team than Rodgers-Cromartie ever could.  Seattle added Sidney Rice, how is that not a big step forward?  Their QB situation got much worse, but they are a few years away from competing anyway, so why not get younger?  I think this move helps the Cards a lot and I also believe the Rams are the team to beat out West.



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:29 pm
 

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal?

Ya ever heard of Kurt Warner...He was pretty good in 1999, 2000.



Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:29 pm
 

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal?

High risk potentially high reward. This cannot be compared to the Haynesworth deal because that cost NE a 5th round choice in 2013 and a salary of 5m this year. If Haynesworth doesn't work out then he will be cut and NE is only out the draft pick in two years. Kolb is guaranteed 20m and the cost is a 2nd round pick and a starting cornerback. I am a Seahawk fan and I believe that Arizona had to make this deal. Last year the Cardinals faced 8 in the box almost every down because their passing attack was pathetic. Noe of their quarterbacks were accurate and none of them were on the same page with their receivers when it came to reading a blitz. Kolb will be a huge improvement in my opinion.


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