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April 9, 2013

Kolb signs with the Bills

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Tonawanda News — The Bills haven’t ruled out drafting a quarterback in three weeks.

Marrone said Kolb’s signing won’t alter the Bills approach to the draft, but did also cite the importance of adding veteran experience to the position.

“I’m not going to lie,” Marrone said. “I think it was very important for us to get a veteran on the roster for that competition. Very important.”

Selected by Philadelphia in the second round of the 2007 draft out of Houston, Kolb’s NFL career has been clouded by inconsistency. With a 9-12 record as a starter, he’s completed 59.5 percent of his passes, while throwing 28 touchdowns and 25 interceptions in 34 career games.

The Eagles drafted Kolb with an eye on him replacing Donovan McNabb. Kolb, however, was injured in the 2009 opener and eventually lost the starting job to Michael Vick.

The Cardinals then acquired Kolb in a 2011 trade, and signed him to a five-year, $63 million contract with $20 million guaranteed.

Kolb, however, got off to a 1-6 start and had trouble adapting to coach Ken Whisenhunt’s offense. He then hurt his toe and was eventually sidelined for the rest of the season because of a concussion.

Last season, Kolb helped the Cardinals to a 4-0 start before being sidelined for the rest of the year with torn rib cartilage.

Fully recovered, Kolb can appreciate how important it is for him to stay healthy. That’s something that was not a problem for him in college. He started a Houston-record 50 games and finished fourth in Division I history with 12,964 yards passing.

“They’ve been really tough,” Kolb said, referring to his past three seasons. “I think the biggest thing, is I never lost my confidence in that whole thing. And I was proud of myself for that.”

Kolb arrived to take part in the Bills’ offseason voluntary conditioning program that began last week. He’s expected to make his debut in practice next week, when Buffalo holds a three-day voluntary veteran minicamp.

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