Niagara Gazette — ORCHARD PARK — Having already squandered two chances to prove himself as an NFL starter, quarterback Kevin Kolb arrived in Buffalo on Monday eager for a third opportunity.
“This is a big chance for me,” Kolb said, shortly after officially signing a two-year contract potentially worth more than $12 million. He agreed to the deal March 30. “That’s why I came here. And I’m excited about getting out there and doing some special things.”
A free agent after being cut by the Arizona Cardinals last month, Kolb mentioned several reasons that attracted him to Buffalo. The Bills have an immediate need for an experienced quarterback, and he’s comfortable with the up-tempo, West Coast-style of offense being introduced by rookie coach Doug Marrone.
He has no problem having to compete for the job with returning backup Tarvaris Jackson and potentially a rookie prospect the Bills are expected to select. And Kolb maintained confidence he has what it takes to put behind an injury-troubled past that scuttled his previous opportunities in Arizona and Philadelphia.
“For me, I know I can play at this level. I’ve done it here and there throughout my career two or three games at time,” he said, referring to injuries that cost him. “There are very limited opportunities in this league, and I’ve been lucky enough to have had a few of them. I plan on taking 100 percent care of that, and making sure I do my part to play at the highest level.”
The Bills have relatively high expectations of Kolb, too. At the very least, they’re counting on him fill an immediate need at starter after releasing Ryan Fitzpatrick for salary-cap reasons last month.
“We wanted to add some veteran experience to the quarterback position on our roster, and we think we’ve added a good one by signing Kevin,” general manager Buddy Nix said in a statement released by the team. “He’s a player we had targeted since he became a free agent, and he should be a strong candidate in the competition for the starting quarterback position.”