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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 28, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 8:08 pm

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal

Wow, 63 million dollar extension,  DRC and a 2nd round pic, plus the loss of Steve Breaston.  Sounds like the garbage we went through last year all over again.  Kolb is not worth this much.  He's never been able to play a full season, so he's got health issues, and his numbers, albeit slightly above average are not top tier money and trades.  None of it's going to make a difference if we can't get an o-line together to protect him, and run.  Warner ran this offense on brains, guts and instinct.  That's a rare combination and very difficult to replace at the best of times.  I'd rather we gotten Hasselbeck.  At least he is a proven comodity and he showed what he could do with not even the level of receiver talent that we had. (Yes, I use that in past tense.  Early Doucet to replace Breaston.  Another medical problem)   I am very nervous this year, and the Cards don't have a great track record keeping quality talent.  We'll see, we'll see.   Goooooo BROWNS!  lol

Since: May 15, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 8:05 pm

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal

I am sure they will pick up some journeyman quarterback to fill the spot. With the weapons and defense the Eagles have, the quarterback would just be asked not to lose the game instead of having to win it.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 7:48 pm

Do you know what is going to be hilarious?

When Michael Vick gets injured - I am guessing around Week 4 - and Philadelphia had NO quarterback.

Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 7:47 pm

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal

So finally a trade that helps each team this is a really fair deal and way you look at it.... Eagles HAPPY Cardinals Extremely HAPPY and why not after what happened at QB last year.

Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 7:46 pm

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal

They had nowhere to go. He is probably the best QB on market, but more importantly they were going to have problems keeping Fitz without this move. AZ is a team a QB away from being favored in the west. An expensive purchase no doubt, but a good one.

Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 7:46 pm

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal

The best way I can sum up this trade is to compare it to the time when the Houston Texans traded "two" 2nd round draft picks and swapped first round picks with Atlanta in order to acquire Matt Schaub in 2007.  At the time, Matt Schaub had only started 2 games and played garbage time in a few others.  He threw for 6 TD's and 6 INT's.  His passer rating was somewhere around 65% (nothing special) in his three years with Atlanta.  At the time, it seemed that the Texans had seriously overpaid for an unproven NFL QB.

I am not really sure what to think about Kevin Kolb as a pro.  Two years ago he show'd signs of stardom, winning the offensive player of the week award 2 weeks in a row.  Last year he didn't look so great but he got injured and the offensive line was atrocias!  If I had to go out on a limb... I believe that he CAN be a Pro Bowl type player in this league but he has to have weapons around him.  He definately has the right makeup to be a leader. 

As a Eagle fan, I can guarantee you that Kevin Kolb is a FOOTBALL PLAYER.  He is a gym rat.  He is a coaches son.  All of the intagiables that you would want in a QB.  Just because of those reasons he has a better chance to succeed than Matt Linart. If Ken Whisenhunt is half the offensive mind that he is reputed to be then Kolb should be just fine.   

One last thing... the way the contract is broken down, the deal is 2 years at 10 mil plus.  They can easily get out of that deal after the 2nd year if it doesn't work out. 

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 7:43 pm

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 7:42 pm

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal

I sure do hope that everything works out for the Cardinals as far as this signing goes. They're giving up a pretty good player in Rodgers-Cromartie,a high draft pick(2nd round) and a whole lot of money for Kolb. Well at least that this insures that this might be enough to keep "Fitz" from leaving the Cardinals via FA in 2012. If I was the Cardinals,I would try and make a pitch for "VY" to join the team....if the price is right.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 7:27 pm

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal

You can think of this as a 1st round rookie signing in the old CBA agreement.
Except..they lost an all-pro cornerback in Dominique Rogers-Cromartie AND a 2nd round draft pick.  The money was still high for this guy though...he'll be good though since Larry Fitzgerald is great but they still need some other weapons.

Since: Jul 9, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 7:03 pm

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal

I think a lot of you haters are going to be very surprised with Kolb.  Your basis for not wanting him is because of his stats...obviously the high int/td ratio jumps out.  But the upside for him is huge and I believe his improvement as a great QB will come with more playing time.  You can think of this as a 1st round rookie signing in the old CBA agreement.  They've seen him play and liked him enough to put money on him and hope it pays off.  I think he'll be a Matt Ryan type of signing given the weapons at his disposal and a stable offensive line (hopefully).

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