- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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If QB Kevin Kolb is released by the Cardinals over the next 48 hours, which is highly likely, the Jets will consider him if the price is right, according to a league source.
New Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg coached Kolb with the Eagles from 2007 to 2010, and the Jets would like to have a quarterback on the roster that knows Mornhinweg's system and could make an easy transition.
Kolb, traded to the Cards in 2011, will receive a $2 million roster bonus if he's still on their roster Saturday -- and that won't happen unless he's willing to take a pay cut. He also has a $9 million base salary. The Cards, rebuilding at quarterback, signed journeyman Drew Stanton Wednesday and gave him $3 million in guarantees.
The level of the Jets' interest in Kolb will be dictated by money. As seen over the last two days, they're not willing to spend a lot in their rebuilding effort under new GM John Idzik. They already have an $8.25 million guarantee committed to incumbent Mark Sanchez, and they'd prefer not to add another significant contract at the position. They signed free agent David Garrard to a one-year deal, but it was only $1.1 million, including a $100,000 signing bonus.
Kolb has a 9-12 career record as a starter, with 28 touchdowns, 25 interceptions and a 78.9 passer rating.