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Why Cardinals may be eyeing Peyton Manning

The Sports Xchange

By Len Pasquarelli

The Sports Xchange

There are good reasons why the Arizona Cardinals are rumored to have some interest in acquiring quarterback Peyton Manning.

For one, as part of Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb's five-year, $63 million contract, the Cardinals owe him a $7 million roster bonus this spring, but it is only guaranteed for injury, not skill.

Arizona theoretically could walk away from the deal. Word from Arizona officials is they have no intention to do so, even though the often-injured Kolb's base salary jumps to $9 million for 2012, but the ability to do so does exist.

For all of the supposition last summer that the Cardinals would acquire Kolb, and the reports that the deal was done before it was, sources from both franchises told The Sports Xchange that the trade nearly fell apart over the contract extension being negotiated for the quarterback.

In fact, Cards officials had already obtained an airline ticket for Kolb to go back home without the trade being consummated. And then the deal was subsequently struck.

Copyright (C) 2012 The Sports Xchange. All Rights Reserved.


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