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 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.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders have shown interest in Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Matt Flynn.
Flynn signed a free agent deal with the Seattle Seahawks in the last off season with the expectations that he would be the Seahawks’ starting QB, only to lose his job to rookie Russell Wilson.
Flynn only appeared in 3 games with the Seahawks last season, completing 5 passes on 9 attempts for 68 yards.
Buddy Nix has been making news for all the wrong reasons in recent weeks. A couple of pranksters got the scoop of the off-season in Bills land, recording a conversation between Nix and Bucs GM Mark Dominik. During the conversation Nix laid his cards out on the table regarding the Bills’ tumultuous Quarterback situation.
“You can’t afford to pay that kind of money to a guy that’s fighting for probably a backup job,” then ended with, “we gotta get one somehow. Bad time to need it.”
The ‘guy’ was Ryan Fitzpatrick. A day after the conversation was released the Bills released Fitzpatrick. With Tarvaris Jackson the only QB under contract heading into the 2013 season, the Bills will be in the market for a signal caller when the draft rolls around in April.
Canoe Sports’ John Kryk conducted a ten minute interview with Nix at the NFL annual meeting in Phoenix. Nix dished on some of the Quarterbacks that available. Read the rest of this entry »
The Buffalo Bills have released quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick according to Adam Schefter. Fitzpatrick has been the Bills starting quarterback since the 2009 season though he was benched in favor of Trent Edwards for the first two games of the 2010 season. He was signed to a controversial six year, $59 million contract in October of 2011.
Fitzpatrick became the subject of intense criticism in Buffalo after a lackluster 2011 which saw him lead the league with 23 interceptions and a 2012 that wasn’t much better, throwing for just 24 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
The Buffalo Bills signed defensive back Leodis McKelvin to a four year contract that will see the 11th overall pick in the 2008 draft earn a reported $7.5 million guaranteed.
Last season, McKelvin played in 13 games, recording 20 tackles, and one interception.
He returned 18 kickoffs for 510 yards and 23 punts for 431 yards and two touchdowns. In his career, he has four return touchdowns to his name.
The Bills do a lot of things that aren’t smart. Paying Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn’t smart, and not giving C.J. Spiller the damn ball wasn’t smart.
But taking the necessary steps to retain Jairus Byrd — the best available free agent safety — is quite smart. In fact, some may call it a demonstration of common sense. So all the high fives for you, Bills.
As first reported by Adam Schefter, the Bills will use their franchise tag on Byrd, and it’ll cost them $6.9 million in the form of a one year, fully guaranteed contract. It’s a financial hit that can easily be absorbed with the Bills’ estimated $23 million in cap space.
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