According to ESPN, the Buffalo Bills have agreed to terms on a two year deal with free agent QB Kevin Kolb.
A couple of days ago, it was reported by ProFootballTalk that the Bills had interest in the veteran quarterback. NFL.com writer Ian Rapoport reported on Friday that the Bills reached out to Kolb’s agent and wanted to know where Kolb was mentally and physically. They also wanted to know to understand’s Kolb’s expectations.
Kevin Kolb has come a long way since entering the league in 2007. He was drafted in the second round in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles with the intention of him becoming Donovan McNabb’s replacement. Unfortunately, that was never the case. Michael Vick would become the Eagles’ new starting quarterback, leaving Kolb with a back up role.
Despite Kolb being a second string quarterback, he saw a good amount of starting time with the Eagles, mainly due to Michael Vick’s constant injuries. His play earned him some interest throughout the league. The team that was most interested was the Arizona Cardinals. They would go on to trade CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second round pick for Kolb in the 2011 offseason.
Kevin Kolb’s 2011 campaign wasn’t a very impressive one, but it wasn’t a bad one either. The main issue with Kolb was his health. He was only able to play a total of nine games in 2011, finishing with 57.7 completion percentage, 1955 yards, 9 touchdowns, 8 interceptions and an 81.1 quarterback rating. As a result of his injury, backup quarterback John Skelton was selected as the starting quarterback for the remainder of the 2011 season.
The Cardinals decided to host a quarterback competition in 2012 between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton to determine who would be the starting QB for the team in 2012, a competition that Kolb lost. However, Skelton would later go down due to injury Week 1, thrusting Kolb into the starting position once again. The Cardinals did well for the beginning portion of the season, boasting a record of 4-0 after the first four weeks of play. However, Kolb suffered a rib injury on October 14, forcing him to leave the game and miss the final seven games of the season, all of which the Cardinals lost.
After not being able to agree on a restructured deal, Kolb was released from the Arizona Cardinals on March 15.
It makes sense why the Bills have decided to move forward with Kolb. Their starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was released on March 12, leaving the team with only Tavaris Jackson as a suitable starting quarterback. Now, the Bills will be able to bring in Kolb and have him compete against Jackson for the starting job. Don’t be surprised if the Bills also decide to get a QB in the draft to compete as well.
I’m a believer that Kolb deserved one more chance in the NFL, and we’ll see if he can earn that chance in Buffalo.