Bills add Kolb to quarterback mix
BY: Mark Gaughan / News Sports Reporter
The Buffalo Bills added a viable starting option to their quarterback roster Saturday night by reaching a contract agreement with free-agent Kevin Kolb.
The full terms of a two-year deal for the 28-year-old, five-year NFL veteran was approved by both sides about 9 p.m., a league source told The News.
The deal is expected to be worth a maximum value of about $13 million, which makes Kolb the clear favorite over incumbent seven-year veteran Tarvaris Jackson in the Bills’ QB competition. Jackson signed a one-year deal last month.
The Bills still are expected to take a quarterback in the NFL Draft and give the rookie a chance to win the starting job. However, with Kolb on board, the urgency to rush a rookie onto the field likely decreases.
Kolb’s physical talent and arm strength are comparable to that of former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. He is 9-12 as an NFL starter and has had some good moments on the field. He helped the Arizona Cardinals to a 4-0 start last season.
However, injuries have defined his career thus far. He played in only six games last season, getting knocked out for the year in Arizona’s Oct. 14 loss to Buffalo due to detached ribs and a sprained shoulder. Kolb suffered a serious concussion that caused him to miss the last three games of the 2011 season. He missed two games in the 2010 season due to a concussion, as well.
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