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The Arizona Cardinals put a lot on the line with the Kevin Kolb signing. Not only are they committing a lot of money to Kolb being their franchise quarterback, they gave up a second-round pick and a Pro Bowl cornerback in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to get him.
Countless NFL analysts have discussed the risk in the deal, as Kolb is surprisingly unproven. In four NFL seasons he has only played in 19 games and thrown 319 passes. He has three more career interceptions than career touchdowns.
He did alright in relief of Michael Vick last season for the Philadelphia Eagles. He played very well in wins over the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons, but struggled mightily against the Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys.
If the Eagles were willing to ship off Donovan McNabb to make Kevin Kolb their quarterback of the future, there's no reason to think the Cardinals made a poor decision.
Still, the pressure is certainly on Kolb now. With running backs Ryan Williams and Beanie Wells, the addition of Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap and one of the best receivers in the NFL in Larry Fitzgerald, Kolb has the weapons to succeed. And succeed he must.