Three years ago on Easter, Kevin Kolb became the defacto starter in Philadelphia. The Donovan McNabb era ended when the long time Eagle starter was shipped off to Washington. Though he had just two starts under his belt, Andy Reid was confident in Kolb’s ability to become an effective starter in the NFL.
We know what happened next. Kolb started five games in 2010, losing his job to Michael Vick. After being traded to Arizona he struggled to find success with the Cardinals, starting 14 games over two years.
Three years after becoming the starter in Philly, Kevin Kolb may be at the right place at the right time once again, this time in Buffalo. The Bills signed Kolb to a two-year contract worth potentially $12 million on Saturday night.
Buddy Nix and the Bills coaching staff replace Ryan Fitzpatrick with Kolb, an upgrade only in the sense that the former Cardinals QB costs much less. The Bills have done their due diligence on the Quarterbacks available in this year’s draft, holding private workouts with Geno Smith, E.J Manuel and Landry Jones thus far.
Kolb joins Tarvaris Jackson and an unknown rookie in a three way battle for the starting gig. History is probably going to repeat itself.
The best remaining cornerback on the market is now off the board.
Adam Schefter reports Brent Grimes, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons, has signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. The deal consists of $5 million in base money, $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses, a $2.25 signing bonus and $750,000 of the salary guaranteed.
Grimes missed the majority of last year after tearing his achilles in the first game of the season against the Chiefs. In 2011, Grimes started 12 games for the Falcons, recording one interception, one forced fumble and 29 passes defended. As a 27-year-old, Shippensburg alum enjoyed his best season in 2010, picking off five passes and notching 70 tackles.
Grimes joins a Dolphins secondary that features Richard Marshall, Nolan Carroll and Reshad Jones.
Update 4:28 pm
The Carson Palmer era in Oakland was nothing to write home about, and it appears the Raiders have decided to move on with a new Quarterback of the future.
Jason La Canfora reports Matt Flynn will become a Raider. The 28-year-old spent last season backing up Russell Wilson in Seattle.
From La Canforfa:
The Raiders are expected to complete a trade for Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn. shortly, according to league sources. The Raiders have been talking to Seattle about him recently, as had the Bills and Jaguars. Oakland is looking for options to replace Carson Palmer, who is to make $13 million for 2013 and has balked at a pay cut. The Seahawks are looking to move Flynn’s $5 million salary and give him a chance to start elsewhere, and they will consider Tyler Thigpen among the options to replace Flynn as Russell Wilson’s backup, sources said.
We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.
The Dallas Cowboys and Tony Romo have agreed to a 6-year contract extension that will make Romo the highest paid player in franchise history, according to Adam Schefter.
The deal is said to be worth $108 million. Ian Rapoport reports $55 million is guaranteed with a $25 million signing bonus. The deal will keep Romo in Dallas for seven seasons, with six years added to a deal that had one year remaining.
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The Buffalo Bills will need to add another Quarterback to their roster, even if they draft one in a few weeks. According to reports, Buddy Nix and company have their eye on Cardinals castoff Kevin Kolb.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reports the Bills are interested in Kolb, according to a league source.
Few Quarterback combinations could inspire less confidence than a duo of Tarvaris Jackson and Kolb, but if the Bills are looking to have an open competition during Training Camp, the addition of Kolb makes some sense.
Kolb was awful last season. In five starts the former Eagle threw for 1,169 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions last season. He didn’t get help from the Cardinals offensive line, who redefined the word atrocious in the NFL lexicon.
The Fred Davis, ‘will he or won’t he’, saga that nobody really cared about is over.
Adam Schefter reports the Tight End has re-signed with the Washington Redskins for one year. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
Davis cancelled an arranged visit with the New York Jets yesterday, and was said to be deciding between the Buffalo Bills and the Redskins.
The injury prone USC grad started seven games for Washington last season, recording 24 catches for 325 yards. We don’t blame the guy for opting to play with Robert Griffin III rather than Tarvaris Jackson or whoever the Bills end up selecting at the draft.
According to a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette, the Pittsburgh Steelers are interested in signing free agent defensive end Dwight Freeney.
Bouchette states the Broncos also have interest in the former Colt, a story that has been circulating ever since Denver lost out on re-signing Elvis Dumervil. Rotoworld suggests the Saints could also be in on Freeney.
Last season Freeney played 14 games for the Colts with 13 starts. He notched five sacks, 10 tackles, one deflected pass and one forced fumble. The Syracuse alum missed time with an ankle injury.