Arizona Cardinals release quarterback Kevin Kolb
Updated: March 15, 2013
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Cardinals have released Kevin Kolb, ending
the quarterback's two injury-filled seasons with the team.
The team's move on Friday came just ahead of the deadline for paying
Kolb a $2 million roster bonus. The team paid Kolb some $20 million
over two seasons after acquiring him in a trade that sent a
second-round draft pick and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to
the Philadelphia Eagles.
The move reportedly saved $7 million in salary cap space. Meanwhile,
the Cardinals were spending the money left and right, agreeing to terms
Friday on one-year contracts with former San Diego and ex-University of
Arizona cornerback Antoine Cason and ex-Oakland defensive end Matt Shaughnessy. Arizona has made eight free agent acquisitions since
Wednesday, a sign of the shake-up the franchise is undergoing under new
management and a new coaching staff.
Kolb was plagued by injuries and inconsistent play in his two seasons
He was due to make $9 million this coming season. Earlier this week,
Arizona signed free agent quarterback Drew Stanton. Stanton was the
backup last season at Indianapolis, where new coach Bruce Arians was
interim head coach.
At his news conference announcing the firing of coach Ken Whisenhunt,
Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said ''I'm not ready to give up on
Kevin Kolb yet,'' but the team wound up doing just that after bringing
in Arians and elevating Steve Keim to the position of general manager.
Kolb appeared in 15 games in two seasons with Arizona, 14 as a starter.
Last season, he lost the starting job to John Skelton but came on in
the opener after Skelton was hurt to direct the winning touchdown drive
against Seattle. Arizona went on to a 4-0 start with Kolb at
quarterback, but in Week 6 he tore cartilage from his ribs on a broken
play and never played again. The Cardinals, meanwhile, lost 11 of their
last 12 to finish 5-11, costing Whisenhunt his job and bringing in
Arians to try to clean up the mess of what was the worst offense in the
There was no way Arizona was going to bring back Kolb with his big
contract. The only possibility was a restructuring for less money, and
that didn't happen, with Kolb now seeking opportunities elsewhere.
Instead, Arians and Keim went after Stanton, signing him to a
three-year, $8.2 million deal with $3 million guaranteed. Skelton and
Ryan Lindley remain on the Arizona roster. The team also has made a
tender offer to Brian Hoyer, who was signed late last season and
started the season finale against San Francisco.
The Cardinals probably will address the quarterback position in the
draft, although not necessarily with their first-round pick, the No. 7
choice overall. They could opt for an offensive lineman with that
selection and go after a quarterback in the second or third round.
Arizona had expected Kolb to be the franchise quarterback the team has
sorely lacked following the retirement of Kurt Warner after the 2009
After the trade at the end of the 2011 NFL lockout, Kolb signed a
five-year, $63 million contract with $20 million guaranteed. But he had
trouble adapting to Whisenhunt's offense, Arizona got off to a 1-6
start and Kolb went down with a toe injury. Arizona regrouped and Kolb
returned to lead the team to an overtime victory over Dallas, but he
was sidelined with a concussion the following week and was lost for the
In his two seasons with Arizona, Kolb completed 58 percent of his
passes with 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Sacks were a big
problem, especially last season, when he was sacked 17 times in
consecutive games, much of it because of a struggling offensive line.
But critics said the quarterback sometimes had a tendency to hold on to
the ball too long, or take off from the pocket too soon when under
Last season, Kolb completed just under 60 percent of his passes with
eight touchdowns and three interceptions but was sacked 27 times in six
Kolb All Done In The Desert
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