The Arizona Cardinals gave up the farm (a second-round pick and stud CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie) to acquire QB Kevin Kolb from the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday. While I understand why the Cards had to pull the trigger, there was a much cheaper alternative out there.
Denver Broncos QB Kyle Orton everyone!
Seriously, Orton would have been a better fit for the Cardinals for a variety of reasons. First of all, he would have come at a cheaper price. The Cardinals not only would not have to give up a high draft pick, it would have kept one of their defensive studs. As the Eagles have taught us, one cannot have enough good defensive backs – let alone Pro Bowlers.
The second, and perhaps the most important reason, is because Orton is a more proven commodity than Kolb. Keep in mind the Cardinals gave a five-year contract worth $64 million (with $21 million guaranteed) to a guy who has started a grand total of seven games. Kolb’s record was 3-4 in those games. Meanwhile, check out Orton’s stats:
- Passed for 3,653 yards last season
- Threw 20 touchdown passes against 9 interceptions
- Started 62 games in his career
Look, Kolb might be the next Matt Schaub for all I know. However, for every Schaub is an Elvis Grbac and worst of all, Scott Mitchell.