You can officially cross Kevin Kolb off the Jets' wish list of veteran quarterbacks.
The free-agent QB has agreed to a two-year deal reportedly worth a maximum of $13 million with the Buffalo Bills. According to ESPN’s Adam Shefter, members of the Bills front office spent last weekend with Kolb and brought him to Buffalo for a two-day visit Thursday and Friday. The team, which re-signed Tavaris Jackson to a one-year deal earlier this offseason, recently released starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The Jets had internal discussions about adding Kolb, 28, to their QB carousel, featuring Mark Sanchez, David Garrard, Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms, where he’d be reunited with his former offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
A league source told Newsday earlier this month that Mornhinweg liked Kolb during their four seasons together in Philadelphia, but another source familiar with Mornhinweg’s tenure in Philly used the phrase "liked, not loved" to describe the coordinator’s feelings about his former QB.
Rumors of a Kolb-Mornhinweg reunion heightened after the quarterback’s release from Arizona after two injury-filled seasons. The Cardinals cut Kolb earlier this month, just before they were due to pay him a $2 million roster bonus. The QB pocketed $20 million over two seasons in Arizona following his trade from Philly.
Kolb threw for 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions during his Cardinals tenure.
If there ever was a time to be in need of a star quarterback – this certainly isn’t it. The veteran market was pretty weak, relatively speaking, to begin with and this year’s NFL draft class doesn’t possess supreme QB talent, per prognosticators.
Sanchez will enter camp as the Jets’ first-string QB, but general manager John Idzik has made it clear he wants competition at every position. But now that the veteran QB market has dried up considerably, the Jets could choose to draft a quarterback next month – though the top QB, Geno Smith, likely won’t be on the board by the time the Jets pick ninth.