When I evaluated Kevin Kolb last spring, I saw a player who flashed greatness at times, but looked average at others.
We'll see which of those he is now that he's a starting quarterback. Kolb was traded by the Philadelphia Eagles to the Arizona Cardinals Thursday, completing a much-rumored deal. In exchange, the Eagles get corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick.
The Cardinals will give Kolb a new deal worth a reported $63-million with $20-million in guaranteed money.
The Cardinals had their eye on Kolb since last summer, and word is they might have been the only team bidding. Carson Palmer would have been their first choice, but when they realized the Bengals weren't trading Palmer they turned to Kolb.
In seven career starts ,Kolb has 10 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. He has a passer rating of 81.8 in those starts. As one Cardinals source said, "we have to go on what we think he can become."
That Cardinals source was impressed with how well Kolb played against Atlanta last season. Kolb beat the Falcons, throwing for 326 yards and three touchdowns.
He didn't look so good in a stat the next week against Tennessee and the last week against Dallas.
The Cardinals had no choice but to make the deal. They didn't have a legitimate starting quarterback on their roster.
Is Kolb the next Matt Schaub, a little-used backup reedy to explode when given the chance to be a full-time starter?
Or is he the next passer to flop when given the big stage?
I say he plays more like Schaub than not for the Cardinals