By Eric Schmidt

The clock is ticking for the Arizona Cardinals and the future of quarterback Kevin Kolb. The Arizona Cardinals have until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday to exercise a roster bonus of $7 million dollars. Kolb was acquired via a trade with the Philalphia Eagles at the start of last season but failed to live up to expectations struggling through a rash of injuries and playing poorly when he was on the field.

Kolb was signed to a six-year, $65 million dollar contract after being acquired by the Cardinals last season. Kolb was expected to be ready to assume the role as a starting quarterback after limited appearances on the field in Philadelphia. In defense of Kolb, he joined the Cardinals after a truncated offseason and very limited time with a new coaching staff. However Kolb did not provide the offensive spark that Arizona was hoping for.

Arizona has struggled at the quarterback position ever since the retirement of veteran signal caller Kurt Warner. Enter Peyton Manning. The former Indianapolis Colts great is on a free agent tour and has visited with the Arizona Cardinals. It’s believed in many circles that Manning considers the Cardinals as fringe option because of the fact they play in the NFC and it’s believed that Manning wants to play in the AFC.

Manning has yet to make a decision on where he wants to finish his career. The two teams Manning is believed to be deciding between are the Tennessee Titans and the Denver Broncos. Several pundits suggest that the Titans are considered to have the inside track to Manning because of his ties to the state and the fact that the franchise has offered Manning a front office position after he retires.

As long as Manning has not officially announced his decision, the Cardinals can continue to hold out hope that the club could land Manning and his services next season and beyond.

 

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