Kolb’s first day as camp nears

Posted by Darren Urban on July 29, 2011 – 1:16 pm

Kevin Kolb, in his press conference, talked about how comfortable he already was in this city. And he looked it. He handled the questions as you’d think, acknowledging he has a lot to prove and that there is risk involved from the Cardinals’ end. But he clearly is confident he will make this deal pay off, and while you’d expect him to say just that, it’s one thing to say it and another thing to sound like you mean it. Kolb is the latter.

He said, after working out with Larry Fitzgerald that one time in the offseason that it was a “good fit.” Better yet was this line on Fitz: “Great teammate and you can tell he’s a great leader … you don’t always find that in a receiver.” When Kolb arrived, by the way, Fitz was there and gave him a big hug.

Kolb said he hopes to “work something out” with kicker Jay Feely to wear No. 4. I’m guessing that isn’t going to be a problem. Kolb also will be sidelined practice-wise until Aug. 4. As a refresher, anyone signing a new contract this offseason has to wait until that date — next Thursday — meaning all the non-rookies the Cards sign (including their own, like center Lyle Sendlein) can’t do anything until then.

— The Cards agreed with Eagles LB Stewart Bradley (and, I didn’t note this last night, lost DL Alan Branch to Seattle).

— The Cards will get a veteran WR, but it’s not going to be a big name (i.e., no Malcom Floyd or Braylon Edwards). They are still looking at cornerbacks.

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Kolb reportedly a Cardinal

Posted by Darren Urban on July 28, 2011 – 12:04 pm

Multiple reports have the Kevin Kolb trade finished, with the Cards getting the quarterback from the Eagles and dealing, as expected, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick in return. There has not been an official announcement from either team, however.

Kolb also reportedly will get a five-year contract extension. So there’s the QB the Cards wanted/needed. Given the debate that led up to this whole thing, I don’t doubt that Kolb will be topic 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 in training camp. He’ll have heavy pressure to succeed.

UPDATE: NFL Network is reporting Cards are also looking at San Diego WR Malcolm Floyd to replace Breaston. Floyd is a speed guy (averaged more than 19 yards a catch last season, and more than 17 the previous two years) who would look good opposite Larry Fitzgerald.

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