When the Arizona Cardinals traded for and signed quarterback Kevin Kolb to a long-term contract last August they thought they were getting their franchise quarterback, but Kolb has yet to firmly entrench himself as the starter.
Heading into training camp, the Cardinals have yet to determine if Kolb or John Skelton will be under center when the season begins.
Early indications are that Kolb has the lead in this quarterback competition, but that may be just because that the Cardinals made a major investment in him with a six-year $65 million contract when they traded from him last offseason. Kolb only played in nine games last season for the Cardinals due to various injuries, but they did not suffer much of a drop off in talent when Skelton was running the offense.
Skelton, who is younger than Kolb, was impressive last season when called upon to play and has developed the trust of his teammates. Some feel that Skelton has a much higher upside than Kolb and he should be given the chance to show what he can do given the chance to be starter.
Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt was burned a few years ago when money influenced his decision to name high first-round draft pick Matt Leinart as his starting quarterback over veteran Kurt Warner. Warner eventually led the Cardinals to their first Super Bowl appearance.
While neither Kolb or Skelton has shown that they can run Whisenhunt’s offense at the level Warner did back in 2009, the Cardinals still have major financial considerations tied up in Kolb and they need to find out if he is going to be their starting quarterback for the next 10 years.
So despite Skelton’s push to be the Cardinals starting quarterback, Kolb will get another chance to show why he is the quarterback they invested heavily in.