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NFL Free Agency: Kevin Kolb Option Picked Up By Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals had a big decision to make this afternoon on quarterback Kevin Kolb, who had a $7 million roster bonus due unless he was cut loose by 4:00 pm. Many Cleveland reporters felt that the Browns would have a strong interest in Kolb if the Cardinals released him, with GM Tom Heckert and Coach Pat Shurmur having a past history with Kolb in Philadelphia. But, as was the case with the Matt Flynn speculation, Kolb was quickly taken off the board as an option.

Via @AdamSchefter:

The Cardinals were forced to pick up the bonus when it appeared they were out of the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, with the former Indianapolis quarterback apparently narrowing his choices down to Denver and Tennessee. The Browns, meanwhile, look to be moving forward with Colt McCoy.

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