The Cardinals are unlikely to release QB Kevin Kolb rather than paying him a $7 million bonus, general manager Rod Graves said Thursday. Kolb is owed that bonus if he's still on the team's roster on March 17.
"There's no reason to think, at this particular point, that we wouldn't proceed with ... seeing the contract through, but things change as we go down the road," Graves said in an interview on KTAR-AM in Phoenix.
However, Graves didn't completely rule out a shake-up of the team's QB corps.
Kolb signed a five-year, $63 million contract extension, with $20 million guaranteed, last summer after the Cardinals acquired him in a trade with the Eagles. He started nine games last season, compiling a 3-6 record with a 9-8 TD-INT ratio, before a concussion sidelined him.
Kolb said Monday that he had completely recovered from the concussion and that he planned to be in Arizona "a long time."
The Cardinals are said to be one of the teams that might pursue Peyton Manning if he becomes a free agent.