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Cardinals Get Their QB

The early indications of a deal in which Philadelphia would ship Kevin Kolb to Arizona for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a draft pick have now come to fruition. FOX’s Adam Caplan tweets that Kolb has signed with the Cards, who gave him a five-year extension for $63 million, with $20 million of it guaranteed.

The Cardinals swapped a former first-round selection and Pro Bowler and a 2012 second-round pick for the Eagles backup signal-caller (who was himself drafted at the top of the second round back in 2007.)

Last year, the Eagles were reportedly asking for two second rounders for Kolb. Is Pro Bowl CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie worth only a second? I’d say no.

But the Cardinals got themselves into this pickle by waiting so long to pull the trigger on a deal for a QB. They went into and came out of the draft without one. Then into the lockout without one, and once the lockout was lifted, their other options dried up fast. Everyone — not least the Eagles — knew Kolb was the guy they wanted, their cooing over Kyle Orton notwithstanding.

I can’t fault the Cards for taking CB Patrick Peterson in the first round in April, since he was the best player in the draft and fell to No. 5, but it gave them a surfeit at corner — and the Eagles took advantage.

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