2013 NFL Draft: Team needs
Our analysts examine each team's game plan entering the NFL draft, identifying biggest needs, potential fits and more. More ...
We now know why.
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.