Kevin Kolb on IR; career with Arizona Cardinals over?

  • By Gregg Rosenthal
  • Around The League editor
  • Updated: Dec. 12, 2012 at 01:30 p.m.

Kevin Kolb's lost season with the Arizona Cardinals is over. His Cardinals career is probably done too.

The team announced Wednesday that Kolb (ribs) was placed on season-ending injured reserve. Kolb showed flashes of promise in six outings this year (five starts), helping the Cardinals get off to a 4-2 record. The Cardinals thought he would be able to return this season, but he recently experienced a setback in his recovery.

The team's utter collapse after Kolb's injury might actually help his free agent value this offseason. His 6.4 yards per attempt and 8:3 touchdown:interception ratio looks positively Montana-like compared to what John Skelton and Ryan Lindley have mustered. Still, it's hard to imagine Kolb returning to the Cardinals.

Kolb hasn't been able to stay healthy since the Cardinals signed him to a massive contract after trading picks and cornerback Dominique-Rodgers Cromartie to the Philadelphia Eagles for Kolb in 2011. Kolb is due $11 million next season, including a $2 million roster bonus in March.

There's no way the Cardinals will pay him that salary. He will very likely looking for a job in free agency for the first time. His coach Ken Whisenhunt might be on the market too.