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Kevin Kolb headed to Buffalo

3/31/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Multiple reports surfacing late Friday stated that free agent quarterback Kevin Kolb was close to finalizing a deal with the Buffalo Bills. Hours later several media outlets confirmed that Kevin Kolb had agreed to terms on a two year deal with the Buffalo Bills.
 
The deal is reportedly worth is reportedly worth a maximum $13 million. However, all signs indicate that the maximum can only be achieved if Kevin Kolb emerges as a starter with the Buffalo Bills.
 
The 28-year-old Kevin Kolb was in the midst of a five-year, $63 million contract (including $20 million guaranteed) he signed with the Arizona Cardinals in 2011, after he was acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles. But Kevin Kolb has been a disappointment in Arizona over the past two seasons, putting on an inconsistent play while being hampered by injuries.
 
Kevin Kolb got off to a 1-6 start in the 2011 season but struggled to adapt to Ken Whisenhunt’s offense. Then Kevin Kolb injured his toe and shortly afterwards was sidelined for the rest of the season with a concussion. Last season, Kevin Kolb led the Buffalo Bills to a 4-2 mark, including winning four straight games, before he was again shut down for the rest of the season with a torn rib cartilage.
 
However, despite Kevin Kolb’s habit of holding onto the ball too long, the crumbling offensive line was partly to blame for the struggles of last season. Kevin Kolb finished the 2011 season by completing109-183 passes for 1,169 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions.
 
 
Now, the seven-year veteran Kevin Kolb has a chance to start fresh and prove he can still be a starting quarterback. Kevin Kolb will be in starting competition with last year’s undrafted free agent Aaron Corp as well as Tarvaris Jackson, the only experienced quarterback currently on the Buffalo Bills’ roster. Tarvaris Jackson re-signed to a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills earlier this offseason.
 
The Buffalo Bills have been in search of a starting caliber quarterback ever since they released veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick earlier this month. But the Buffalo Bills can’t be choosy with the options available in free agency and the lack of a deep quarterback class in next month’s draft.
 
General manager Buddy Nix has indicated that the Buffalo Bills could select a quarterback high in April’s draft. The only question remains whether it’ll do with the team’s first-pick. The Buffalo Bills have the eight overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
 
The Buffalo Bills have seemingly left no stone unturned in their efforts scouting nearly every quarterback prospect this offseason. West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, Florida State's E.J. Manuel and Oklahoma's Landry Jones are amongst those who’ve had private workouts with the Buffalo Bills. While Assistant GM Doug Whaley observed Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley at Southern California's pro day the past week.
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