A few weeks after releasing former franchise quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick over salary issues, the Buffalo Bills are set to bring in a replacement -- but the name won't exactly get toes tapping in upstate New York. Kevin Kolb, like Fitzpatrick a once-grievously overpaid player in comparison to his skill set, reportedly finalized a deal on Saturday that will make him the newest member of the Bills. The prospective deal is for two years, could max out at around $13 million, was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
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Kolb signed a six-year, $62.5 million deal with the Cards in 2011, after a limited run of reasonable success as a backup with the Philadelphia Eagles, who selected him in the second round of the 2007 NFL draft. But he played in just 15 games in two seasons, starting 14, as injuries and ineffectiveness derailed his time there. He was cut on March 15 because general manager Steve Keim and new head coach Bruce Arians, Arizona's new men in power, didn't want to throw good millions after bad. Similarly, the Bills cut Fitzpatrick loose because they didn't want to be on the hook for a $3 million bonus when the new league year began.
Fitzpatrick went on to sign a two-year, $6.5 million contract with the Tennessee Titans.and Though Kolb'd deal is larger on its face, he's likely a career backup -- competing with Tarvaris Jackson for that role in Buffalo -- and this certainly doesn't take the Bills and new head coach Doug Marrone out of the equation when it comes to selecting a quarterback with their eighth overall pick in the 2013 draft. Many believe that the Bills will target Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib, who played under Marrone, as their future franchise guy.
In his two years with the Cardinals, Kolb completed 255 passes in 426 attempts for 3,124 yards, 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He was also sacked 57 times behind a porous offensive line, which he didn't help with his often slow decision-making under pressure.