Kevin Kolb Era Finally Looks to Come to a Close for Arizona Cardinals

Jonathan CullenSenior Writer IMarch 30, 2013

It looks like Kolb has finally moved on from the Cards.
It looks like Kolb has finally moved on from the Cards.Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn't a surprise when the Arizona Cardinals cut Kevin Kolb on March 15 rather than pay him a $2 million roster bonus. New coach, new general manager, new system.

The Cardinals and Kolb's agent had been trying to restructure Kolb's deal but were unable to come to an agreement. It made sense for both sides, and it seemed like the Cardinals left the door open for him to come back at a reduced rate.

Now comes word from ESPN's Adam Schefter that Kolb is on the verge of joining the Buffalo Bills. If the deal is finalized, it will finally close the Kolb era in Arizona, which started with high expectations and ended with the Cardinals cleaning house this January.

It wasn't that Kolb was terrible in his time in the desert; it was simply that he couldn't stay on the field, and the Cardinals are partially responsible for that. Kolb was only able to start 14 of 32 games for Arizona, mostly due to injuries suffered playing behind a poor offensive line.

Arizona never surrounded Kolb with talent, and it's one of the odd aspects of the trade that brought him to the Cardinals from the Philadelphia Eagles.

The other odd aspect is that Ken Whisenhunt never seemed to commit to Kolb. The team gave up a second-round draft pick and a good cornerback to acquire the QB and signed him to a $65 million contract, and still Whisenhunt was reluctant to go all-in with Kolb.

The NFL strike cost Kolb his first training camp with the Cardinals, and former head coach Whisenhunt seemed unwilling to commit to Kolb during this past season's training camp, giving the starting job to John Skelton.  

Since cutting Kolb, the Cards' new head coach Bruce Arians has been giving every indication that he is comfortable going into this season with the newly signed Drew Stanton.

Arizona seems comfortable going into this season with Stanton, a re-signed Brian Hoyer and a draft-and-develop QB like Mike Glennon. Rumors have Carson Palmer potentially hitting the market, but the Cards will likely want a team-friendly deal. Palmer is someone who fits with Arizona if he is available.

Since Kolb has been a free agent, things have been relatively quiet. In a small market like Buffalo, Kolb could potentially thrive if he is able to stay healthy, or he could remain a backup. Honestly, no one knows.

For Cardinals fans, neither outcome would be a surprise at this point.

Information used from Chris Wesseling/, Adam Schefter/ESPN,, Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk, Vinnie Iyer/Sporting News and Kent Somers/AZ Republic.