The Philadelphia Eagles once thought Kevin Kolb was the future of the franchise. The Eagles only gave him one chance to prove it in 2010, before a season-opening injury paved the way for Michael Vick’s takeover. Kolb went on to languish with the Arizona Cardinals for two years, yet he still got one last chance from the Buffalo Bills on March 30.
For the second straight season, the Bills signed a disappointing quarterback who used to be with the Eagles. Bringing on Vince Young didn’t work for Buffalo in 2012, yet it has higher hopes for Kolb after giving him a two-year, $13 million deal on March 30, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Even that kind of contract might seem like too much for Kolb, after the way he failed in Arizona and was pushed out in Philadelphia. However, the Bills were desperate to find any kind of quarterback after they released Ryan Fitzpatrick last month. Buffalo’s only experienced quarterback was former Minnesota Vikings starter Tarvaris Jackson, yet Kolb will give him some competition.
To date, Kolb’s most successful stint has been in Philadelphia, in spite of how the team was taken from him by Vick. However, since he didn’t get much of a chance as a full-time starter, the Cardinals expected the best from him when the Eagles traded him to Arizona. But erratic play and injuries doomed Kolb’s tenure, especially after the Cardinals went from 4-0 to 5-11 in 2012.
Despite the Eagles’ own struggles with Vick, Kolb’s problems suggest that they wouldn’t have done much better with him. Both Vick and Kolb are now on their last chances going into 2013, although only Vick has stayed in the same city all this time.
The Eagles and Vick have a more promising chance to rebuild under Chip Kelly than Kolb does in Buffalo. Even if he beats out Jackson, he would start for a Bills team that hasn’t made the playoffs since the turn of the century. What’s more, he’d have to duel with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots twice a year.
This is still the best last shot Kolb could have gotten — which shows just how far he fell since the Eagles promised him the world in summer 2010.