Thursday, March 14, 2013
A Jets-Kolb marriage? Pay attention
By Rich Cimini
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.
The Jets plan to have an open competition for the starting job. Right now, the depth chart consists of Sanchez, Garrard, Greg McElroy and Tim Tebow, whose days are numbered.
Kolb has a 9-12 career record as a starter, with 28 touchdowns, 25 interceptions and a 78.9 passer rating.