Cardinals Will NOT Cut Kolb

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Some fans are surely calling for the Arizona Cardinals to cut quarterback Kevin Kolb. They gave up a lot for the former Philadelphia Eagles backup and got nothing but poor performances from him. Unfortunately for him the same reason of giving up a lot is why he’ll be back with the team in 2012. Now if he doesn’t perform next year things can change….

Kolb has missed six starts and most of a seventh game this season due to injury, but the Cardinals are too deep in this relationship to sever it after one year. And just as important, who takes over if Kolb is gone?

John Skelton has shown potential but it’s questionable whether he’s ready to be a starter.

The Cardinals are paying Kolb a $10 million signing bonus and a $2 million in salary in 2011. He is due a $7 million roster bonus in 2012.

That bonus is guaranteed for injury only, meaning the Cardinals could decide to cut him based on performance.

That’s not going to happen, according to sources. Kolb will return in 2012. That will be a defining year for him, however, as his salary increases to $9 million and then to $10 million in each of the final three seasons.

If the Cardinals cut him after 2012, they save $41 million of that $63 million deal, but they will have paid him $20 million over two seasons. (Kent Somers – The Arizona Republic)

I completely agree with Somers, the Cardinals are too deep into this relationship. They gave up way to much to give up on him after only one season, especially when he was injured for most of it. Who knows what he’ll do if he could stay healthy. Personally, I don’t think he’ll improve but you’ve got to give him another chance.

When with the Eagles I always said that he’d turn out a lot like A.J. Feeley if he were traded. So far that’s true. He came on hot but as he played better defenses he began making poor decisions and looked over matched. I don’t expect this to change.

So Cardinals fans get ready for another season of Kevin Kolb, for better or worse.

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