It’s no secret the Jets want to increase Mark Sanchez's level of competition heading into the 2013 season.
The signing of free-agent quarterback David Garrard was the first step towards that goal, but the Jets aren’t done adding to their QB carousel.
Arizona signal-caller Kevin Kolb reportedly is on their radar.
According to an NFL Network report, the Cardinals are expected to release Kolb before he’s due to earn his $2 million roster bonus on Saturday. And once he’s cut, the Jets could pursue him.
The team has already had internal discussions about adding Kolb, according to the New York Post. That’s not surprising considering the state of the Jets' current QB situation. Sanchez may have a “leg up” in the competition, according to new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, but new general manager John Idzik seems determined to hold a legitimate competition (despite the $8.25 million owed to Sanchez in 2013).
Kolb, of course, has history with Mornhingweg from his days in Philly.
Kolb, 28, was named the Eagles starter after Donovan McNabb was traded to the Redskins, but Kolb was eventually relegated to the backup role behind Mike Vick ad ultimately traded to Arizona in 2011.
Kolb’s career with the Cardinals didn’t take off, however. Due to various injuries and inconsistent play, he’s split time with John Skelton for a good part of the past two seasons.
Currently, the Cardinals have four quarterbacks on their roster: Kolb, Skelton, Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer, whom they recently tendered.
The Jets – who have Sanchez, Garrard, Tebow (though he’s expected to be released soon), Greg McElroy and Matt Simms – are still expected to sign another QB via free agency or the NFL draft.
There are rumblings the Jets are also interested in former Kansas City QB Brady Quinn.