Ken Whisenhunt wants Kolb at QB, but no guarantee

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  • By Brian McIntyre
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Just like he planned to do, Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt has split the OTA reps between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton in an attempt to sort out who will be the team's starting quarterback.

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Whisenhunt did recently acknowledge that he wants Kolb to be the guy, but he doesn't think about the team's investment in a player when evaluating on-field performance.

The Cardinals traded cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles to acquire Kolb last offseason. Kolb earned $12 million this past season and will make another $8.5 million in 2012, including a $7 million roster bonus the club picked up in March.

Skelton was a 2010 fifth-round draft pick out of Fordham, who is scheduled to earn $540,000 in base salary this upcoming season, $75,000 less than current No. 3 quarterback Richard Bartel is due.

"I don't think about that when you're on the field," Whisenhunt said Thursday, via Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic. "I don't look at a player and think what he's making or what you did to get him here. I look at them based on what kind of plays they're making.

"I obviously know how much we invested in Kevin. I want Kevin to be successful. I want him to be our quarterback, but I'm not going to ignore the fact that John Skelton worked pretty hard and did a good job in there when he was playing, too. He's earned the right to compete for that spot."

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