ESPN's Adam Caplan reported the news:
Bills have released QB Kevin Kolb, per source.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 11, 2014
Sal Maiorana of the Democrat and Chronicle noted that the Bills avoided paying Kolb a $1 million roster bonus, and feels that the team must seek out another backup QB option:
Reports that #Bills released Kevin Kolb, saving $1 million roster bonus that was due shortly. So, IMO, they have to find a vet backup.— Sal Maiorana (@salmaiorana) March 11, 2014
Kolb just has not panned out in the NFL. Between a myriad of injuries, inconsistent accuracy and wavering in the face of pressure, the 29-year-old veteran has not lived up to his billing as a second-round pick in the 2007 draft.
Although he has good arm talent and underrated athleticism, something has always been unfortunately off for Kolb to prevent him from developing into a reliable, long-term starter. When he arrived in Buffalo last offseason, Kolb stirred controversy—and laughter, to be frank—when he made one of the bolder proclamations coming from a player of his caliber and pedigree:
#Bills QB Kevin Kolb: "I'm here to win a Super Bowl. Period."— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) April 8, 2013
What really held Kolb back last season was a severe, possibly career-threatening concussion, but in any event he didn't play a single down in 2013.
A Super Bowl never materialized for Kolb and the Bills, and he only had one season (in which he was injured) to make good on his lofty goal. A little over a month after he signed, though, Buffalo drafted E.J. Manuel to be the franchise quarterback of the future, relegating Kolb to becoming a bridge starter at best.
Given Kolb's history of concussions—he missed time in 2010 and 2012 with them as well—and the seriousness of his most recent one, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane felt that Kolb would retire soon:
Uh, didn't see this one coming. Kevin will officially retire soon. RT @caplannfl: Bills have released QB Kevin Kolb, per source.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) March 11, 2014
What is Kevin Kolb's NFL future?
The free-agent QB market is rather thin this offseason, though, so it's conceivable that Kolb could be brought in as a backup for a team that's starved for depth at the position. Although no team is likely to overpay for Kolb, he would embrace just about any opportunity to continue his career at this point—if he's physically capable of doing so.
Buffalo was the latest turn for Kolb, who has suffered a star-crossed fate as a pro after starring at the University of Houston. Given the trials and tribulations he has endured, it's hard to envision Kolb carrying on much further in the NFL beyond 2014.