Kolb signs new deal with Arizona

Kevin Kolb throws a pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter of their NFL football...

Kevin Kolb throws a pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter of their NFL football game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 2, 2011. (REUTERS/Tim Shaffer)

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TEMPE, ARIZ. - The Arizona Cardinals have officially signed quarterback Kevin Kolb to a contract that will keep him with the club through the 2016 season.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but reports from last Thursday when he was traded from Philadelphia indicated that the pact is worth more than $63 million, including more than $20 million in guaranteed money.

Kolb will finally get a true chance to become a starting quarterback after spending four years in a mostly backup role with the Eagles.

After being selected in the second round of the 2007 draft, Kolb served as a backup to Donovan McNabb for three seasons. He was expected to get his chance as the starter last year when McNabb was traded to Washington, but the opportunity lasted only for a half.

Kolb was knocked out of last year's season-opener against Green Bay with a concussion, opening the door for Michael Vick and his career-reviving season.

With Vick taking full control of the Philadelphia offense, Kolb became expendable and was dealt to the Cardinals in exchange for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick in 2012.

The Cardinals are taking a big chance on Kolb, who has played only 19 games in the NFL. He started seven of those games -- including five last season -- and has passed for 2,082 yards with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

In addition, Arizona also released cornerback Tae Evans, running back William Powell and guard Greg Niland. All three were signed as rookie free agents.


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