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Will Kevin Kolb Be a Salary Cap Casualty with the Arizona Cardinals?

February 8th, 2013 at 6:16 AM
By Steve Smith

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Is Kevin Kolb the answer at quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals? Time will tell but he might not get the opportunity to prove it. He could be a salary cap casualty in the coming months, according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason LaConfora. Such is the way of life in the salary cap era in the NFL.

Let's see where Kolb stands right now. He's due to make $9 million this coming season along with a $2 million signing bonus on top of that. It's hard to imagine at this time that the Cards would re-sign him at those prices coming off an injury-plagued 2012 campaign. Kolb played in just six games before being lost for the season after suffering chest and rib injuries in Week Six against Buffalo.

The Victoria, Texas native was easily Arizona's most productive QB last season though. While John Skelton and Ryan Lindley struggled, Kolb tossed eight touchdown passes with three interceptions. His QB rating was 86.1 and the Red Birds were 4-2 when he played. The Cardinals finished the 2012 season at 5-11 and in last place in the NFC West.

Arizona quarterbacks (including Brian Hoyer, who started the last game of the season) were sacked an NFL-high 58 times last season. Kolb went down an amazing 27 times in just six games. That has to dramatically improve and head coach Bruce Arians knows it.

"I've seen enough film to know that he is good enough, but we have to protect him a lot better", Arians explained about Kolb, as reported on arizonasports.com. "When he is healthy, he has had some good moments. He has had some not-so-good moments. We have to protect him better, run the ball better. "

No doubt. So where do the Cardinals go from here? Do they sign Kolb? Do they try and trade for Alex Smith of the 49ers? Draft Geno Smith?

It should be interesting to find out.

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Tags: Alex Smith, Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Brian Hoyer, Bruce Arians, Football, Geno Smith, John Skelton, Kevin Kolb, NFL, Ryan Lindley

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