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Source: QB Kolb agrees to 2-year deal with Bills

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 30, 2013 at 11:06 pm •  Published: March 30, 2013
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Kevin Kolb is getting another chance at a fresh start, this time with the quarterback-needy Buffalo Bills.

A person familiar with negotiations said the free-agent sixth-year player agreed to a two-year contract potentially worth over $12 million with Buffalo on Saturday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Bills haven't announced the move.

Several media outlets, including ESPN.com and The Buffalo News, first reported the agreement.

Kolb spent the past two seasons in Arizona, where injuries hampered his opportunity to prove himself as a starter. The Cardinals were left with little choice but to release Kolb on March 15 in a move that came before they were set to pay the player a $2 million roster bonus and saved the team about $7 million in salary cap space.

The Bills are in no position to be choosy with few quarterbacks available in free agency, and questions regarding the crop of prospects available in the NFL draft next month.

Buffalo was down to one experienced quarterback on its roster — Tarvaris Jackson — after releasing returning starter Ryan Fitzpatrick earlier this month.

General manager Buddy Nix has also expressed an intention to select a quarterback high in the draft next month. Questions remain whether they'll do so with their first-pick, eighth overall.

The Bills have been busy scouting nearly every quarterback prospect this offseason.

They've held private workouts with West Virginia's Geno Smith, Florida State's E.J. Manuel and Oklahoma's Landry Jones. Assistant GM Doug Whaley also attended Southern California's pro day this past week, where Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley threw for the first time since hurting his shoulder in November.

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