Kevin Kolb and the Buffalo Bills both entered this offseason desperately seeking fresh starts.
The Bills had limped to another last-place finish in the AFC East with the frustratingly average Ryan Fitzpatrick under center while Kolb, once thought to be Arizona’s quarterback of the future, played in just six games for a Cardinals team that dropped 11 of its final 12 games.
Now, it appears the two parties will be helping each other out, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Kolb plans to finalize a deal Saturday night that will make him the new front-runner for the Bills’ starting job.
Bills and former Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb finalizing a deal tonight that will give Buffalo one more starting-caliber QB.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 30, 2013
Kolb enjoyed breakout success during his time in Philadelphia but was never able find a groove in Glendale, as injuries and inconsistency limited him to just 15 games over the last two seasons.
Though rosters are never set in April (see: Matt Flynn in Seattle), Kolb — barring injury — is now the prohibitive favorite be Buffalo’s Week 1 starter. Tavaris Jackson and undrafted free agent Aaron Corp represent the only competiton for the spot on the team’s current roster.
It will be interesting to see what effect this signing has on Buffalo’s draft plans, though. The Bills have the ninth overall pick, and many experts suspect they’ll use that pick to draft their next quarterback. That list includes NESN.com NFL editor Luke Hughes, who has the team selecting West Virginia’s Geno Smith in his latest mock draft.