Kevin Kolb gets his $7 million, Cardinals end chase for Peyton Manning

Kevin Kolb is breathing a sigh of relief. With his track record of teams moving on to bigger and better things, it’s understandable if the talk of Peyton Manning had him nervous about his place on the Arizona Cardinals roster, but all that is over now.

Kolb remains on their roster, earning him $7 million and essentially ending the Cardinals’ chase for Manning. The deadline to drop Kolb and keep their $7 million was at 4pm EST, and after the deadline Kolb remained on the team.

Head coach Ken Wisenhunt said in a statement that Peyton Manning was no longer an option for the team, officially ending their pursuit. The team must now hope that Kolb remains healthy, something he has been relatively unsuccessful with the past two seasons.

Kolb had a difficult first season with the Cardinals in 2011 after losing his starting job with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010. Kolb met with injury last season and his performance was marred by it. He will battle it out with the Cardinal’s other quarterback, John Skelton, for the starting job in 2012.

The Cardinals almost certainly hope Kolb steps up and proves himself worthy of being a franchise quarterback with the amount they have invested in him. Not only did they trade away Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second round pick to obtain him from the Philadelphia Eagles, but they also signed a five year contract with him that guarantees $21 million of the $64 million the contract was worth.

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