Kevin Kolb wasn’t out for work long. After being cut by the Arizona Cardinals earlier this month, Kolb has landed on his feet in Buffalo and will be competing for the very winnable starting job for the Buffalo Bills. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports via Adam Caplan, that the former Eagles and Cardinals quarterback has inked a $13 million contract with Buffalo.
And there it is, finalized, confirmed. RT @caplannfl: So Kolb gets a 2-year, $13 million max deal with the Bills, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 31, 2013
The move is one that dramatically shifts the Bills plans for not only training camp but for the NFL Draft as well. Prior to the signing of Kolb, the Bills were rolling with Tavaris Jackson as the main man under center, but Kolb now enters the equation and will compete heavily in training camp to win that job and make a stride towards redemption.
But in terms of the draft, the Bills now don’t have to reach for a quarterback in the first round to plug the hole in the depth chart. Buffalo had been looking at Geno Smith, Ryan Nassib and Tyler Wilson but now can settle with seeing who falls to them in the second and third days of the draft. The Bills met with Tyler Bray and it’s believed that he drew considerable interest from them, and he’s being viewed as a mid-round pick at the moment. Signing Kolb jives with the strategy of waiting until the third or fourth round to take a rookie signal caller.
Kolb’s signing also opens up the possibility for Ryan Nassib to be drafted by the Bills, as he’s been attached to the team previously but isn’t viewed as a first round prospect. His Syracuse ties with new head coach Doug Marrone support the theory that the Bills could draft him and Kolb’s signing makes it even more possible.
At the end of the day, the Bills need all the help they can get at quarterback, and while Kevin Kolb isn’t the sexiest name on the market, he’s better than what they had and at this point, that’s all Bills fans can hope for.