Bills Sign QB Kevin Kolb
By Stan Chrapowicki
Will the third team be a charm for Kevin Kolb?
Kevin Kolb, the quarterback who has already flamed out with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Buffalo Bills for a maximum value of slightly less than $13 million, according to multiple reports.
With 28 TD passes and 25 interceptions in 34 NFL games, Kolb – who has also completed 59 percent of his passes -- doesn't’t have the worst career numbers in the world. Nevertheless, he is only 9-12 as an NFL starter, and he can’t seem to shake the injury bug.
After the Cardinals landed Kolb in a trade with the Eagles in 2011, he led Arizona to a 1-6 start before suffering a toe injury and then missing the rest of the season. The Cardinals, who upon acquiring Kolb signed him to a five-year, $63 million contract with $20 million guaranteed, got off to a 4-0 start under Donovan McNabb’s former backup in 2012. But Kolb, 28 and a six-year NFL veteran, eventually missed the rest of the season because of torn rib cartilage.
Kolb’s main competition at QB figures to come from Tarvaris Jackson, who was re-signed by the Bills after serving as Ryan Fizpatrick’s backup last year. Jackson, 29, who didn't’t take a snap last season, is expected to compete with Kolb for the Bills’ No. 1 QB job. The seven-year NFL vet is 17-17 as a starter.
Aaron Corp, who was originally signed as undrafted free agent by the Bills in 2012, is Buffalo’s third-string quarterback at the moment. Corp, 24, played his college ball at Richmond.
Considering their current QB options, the Bills could very well select a signal caller in this year’s draft, which kicks off April 25. West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, who reportedly had a private workout with the Bills last month, might be available to Buffalo, which has the No. 8 pick in the draft.
On Tuesday, the Bills also announced the following transactions:
Backup running back Tashard Choice was signed to a contract extension and tight end Dorin Dickerson inked a one-year contract Defensive tackle Alan Branch was also signed.
Choice, 28, a fourth-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2008, has spent part of the last two seasons with the Bills. In six games with Buffalo in 2011, Choice ran for 70 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries; he added seven catches for 51 yards. In 11 games with the Bills in 2012, Choice rushed 47 times for 193 yards and a TD and had four receptions for nine yards.
Dickerson, 25, made nine catches for 117 yards for Buffalo in 2012. The Houston Texans drafted him in the seventh round in 2010.
Branch, 28, spent four seasons in Arizona after the Cardinals selected him the 33rd pick of the 2007 draft. The 6-6, 325-pound veteran spent the last two seasons as a starter with the Seattle Seahawks. In 78 career games – 34 starts – Branch has eight sacks, 91 tackles, six pass deflections and has forced two fumbles, recovering one.