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Looks happy to be in Arizona, doesn't he?
It would seem like madness to trade a player who just received a $7 million bonus from the Arizona Cardinals. The bonus actually makes him easier to trade for salary-cap purposes. The Cardinals made a move for Peyton Manning, as any team without an All-Pro QB needed to do. Peyton went elsewhere.
Arizona was a better team with John Skelton at quarterback. In his seven starts they went 5-2, as opposed to 3-6 with Kevin Kolb behind center. The numbers show that Kolb is a better quarterback in terms of interception percentage, yards per attempt, and QB rating.
In 16 career starts, Kolb has 4,000 yards, 20 touchdowns, 22 interceptions, a 59.4-percent completion rate and 50 sacks taken. That's not a QB who is worth $8 million a year. For a team picking him up as a backup, his $1 million salary this year is palatable.
Skelton doesn't take the sacks that Kolb does. More importantly, he hasn't had an entire offseason as "the man." He's also making around $1 million in the next two years. If he totally craters this season, they can get a QB in the draft next year. In this year's draft the Cardinals selected strong-armed but erratic rookie Ryan Lindley in the sixth round.