I have been vocal about how we overpaid the Eagles in the Kolb trade. And, I heard from many of you members on this forum that it is the market value today and have to go with it. I will not argue with that. I am a Cards fan, and I am not against Kolb, now that is done I am rooting for him and want him to succeed.
But hear me out about the $63M salary we have agreed to pay Kolb: Given Kolb’s VERY limited experience and playing time all he has demonstrated is he has the capability to be a franchise QB. He was drafted in round 2, and in the extreme best case scenario he could be regarded as having the talent now to have been drafted as the absolute #1 pick in the 2011 draft? He could be no more than that. The absolute #1 pick is valued high because it is expected the player is a starter and a franchise player. Then, Cam Newton drafted #1 (or Andrew Luck if he had beein the draft) is the best case scenario for comparison?
If you agree with me so far, then the best case contract scenario for the #1 pick, Cam Newton who is also a QB for a 4 year contract is 23M and there is a fixed amount not too far for the 5th year. That’s the agreed salary as mandated by the NFL new CBA. We should not be using Matt Schaub’s previous deal as a example, because it was in a different time when the #1 pick in the draft, Stafford signed by the Detroit Lions got a deal of $78M. I am not the one arguing that the $78M to Stafford was wrong. It was the market value at that time and the NFL team owners, the Commish, the players and all the FO’ vehemently agreed that such an amount for unproven players was obscene and out of hand. They are the ones who agreed on the salary scale. So, how can Kolb’s $63M deal be right?
The argument I have put is based on logic and I understand there is a element of emotion involved in the pricing. So, what is the value of such emotion?
While I say this, I am very much for the Cardinals to win. I am just thinking out loud and would love to hear your opinions.