Kevin Kolb's Bills contract reportedly spells backup


Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone revealed Monday that the signing of Kevin Kolb will not change the Bills' strategy in the 2013 NFL Draft.

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We now know why.

Although Bills general manager Buddy Nix called Kolb a "strong candidate" to start at quarterback, a league source with knowledge of the deal tells that his contract with the Bills "screams backup."

At the time of the signing, Kolb's contract was advertised as a "maximum" of $12 million to $13 million over two years. In reality, Kolb is guaranteed just $1 million. The difference is tied up in incentives and bonuses that will kick in only if Kolb does indeed win out as the starter -- and plays well.

It's a matter of when -- not if -- the Bills draft a quarterback later this month. As long as Kolb outperforms Tarvaris Jackson in training camp, Kolb's roster spot should be safe. If he doesn't give the coaching staff a reason to keep him, though, it will be relatively painless for the Bills to cut bait.

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