Adam Schefter reports the Bills have signed quarterback Kevin Kolb.
Bills and former Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb finalizing a deal tonight that will give Buffalo one more starting-caliber QB.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 30, 2013
And there it is, finalized, confirmed. RT @caplannfl: So Kolb gets a 2-year, $13 million max deal with the Bills, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 31, 2013
Here's how much Bills wanted Kevin Kolb in Buffalo: Staff spent last weekend with him, then hosted Kolb in BUF on Thurs and Fri to visit.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 31, 2013
Kolb was rumored to be a Jets target. He played under Marty Mornhinweg with the Eagles from 2006 to 2010.
Kolb would have been an upgrade over what the Jets have. He got off to a good start in Arizona last year before his offensive line suffered an epic collapse and got him hurt. He has shown an ability to make plays when he has had adequate protection but suffers under pressure. That is more than you can say for the player the Jets sent out last year.
At the same time, Buffalo probably overpaid. Committing $6.5 million a year to Kolb and having the deal extend to 2014 would be a lot richer than I would want the Jets to go. He would have been nice, but not at a price like that. The thought of facing Kolb twice a year is nothing like facing Tom Brady twice a year.
The Bills pick one slot ahead of the Jets in the first round so this might make them less likely to grab a quarterback the Jets like at 8.