Meet Arizona's New Starter
Kevin Kolb gets traded and paid (big) — $63 million deal for former Universityof Houston quarterback
Kevin Kolb is a starter now. One who is being paid like a franchise savior.
The former University of Houston quarterback received his wish in more ways than one in one of the biggest moves in the NFL's frenzied, compacted free agent signing period yet. Kolb is no longer in Michael Vick's shadow in Philadelphia. And he's no longer being paid like a second-round draft pick either.
The Arizona Cardinals finally pulled the trigger on the much-discussed and often-delayed Kolb trade, getting the 26-year-old quarterback from the Eagles for Pro Bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick. The deal will not become official until teams are allowed to sign players on Friday. But once it was agreed to, Kolb also found himself the future owner of a new contract extension — for five years and $63 million, including a $20 million signing bonus, according to Fox Sports' Adam Caplan.
Kolb is now longer in Michael Vick's shadow in Philadelphia. And he's no longer being paid like a second-round draft pick either.
A lot of responsibility comes with those dollars.
Kolb immediately becomes the new face of the Cardinals, the quarterback who is expected to breathe life into a franchise that's struggled since making the 2009 Super Bowl, the man who is in many ways tasked with making Arizona's all-everything receiver Larry Fitzgerald believe that there's reason to stay in the desert.
Of course at this time last year, everyone thought Kolb and not Vick would be the new face of the Eagles. Then Kolb struggled, got hurt and was quickly Wally Pipped.
Now, Kolb has one more big chance to prove that ex-Cougar quarterbacks can thrive in the NFL.