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Is a career-long backup that has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns worth a second-round pick and a quality defender?
The Eagles thought so. And so did the Cardinals. That's why Arizona shipped out a second-rounder and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to Philadelphia for Kevin Kolb.
Was it out of desperation? Probably.
Was it too much to give up for a guy who has started seven games in four seasons? Maybe.
But was it the right move? Yes.
With a disgruntled Larry Fitzgerald and a coach on the ropes in Ken Whisenhunt, the Cardinals had to make a move for a potential big time player. Sure, Kolb hasn't seen the greatest of success thus far. And yes, he is not that sure-fire franchise quarterback yet. However, Kolb has displayed some signs of promise over his brief career. In fact, Kolb is the only quarterback in NFL history to throw for 300 yards or more in his first two career starts when he torched New Orleans and Kansas City back in 2009.
Many believe that Kolb carries all the tools to become "that guy" for Arizona, but he does have a lot to learn.
Prediction: Kolb will throw for 3800 passing yards, 23 TDs, and 24 INTs. He will lead the Cards to the NFC West title in an extremely thin division.
(That's right, a bold prediction right off the bat. That's how I roll.)
The prospect of Kolb hooking up with Fitzgerald for countless big yardage plays is definitely an appealing one. But again, this is an inexperienced quarterback that has to learn how to read defenses. Kolb will flash signals of excellence and go through some growing pains in his first stint as a full-time starter.