Originally posted by GorefullBore:
I've been floating an idea out there as far as Alex's contract goes. Why not sign him to the five year deal he want's, but put an out clause in the contract after the third year? To me this would be an everyone wins senario. If Kaep is ready by then great, if not then we can stay the course with Alex. Shoot, Kolb signed a decent sized deal last year with Arizona, and should Manning decide to go there ( I hope not) they will have not trouble getting out of that pact.
Well, why not do that with every free agent? It isn't so easy, unfortunately.
The problem is there is no security for Alex after year 3. He'll push for a solid 5 years so he can have that security. Alex isn't trying to do Kaep any favors. There's no incentive for Alex's camp to sign on to a team option for years 4 and 5.
I'm not sure exactly what type of clause you're suggesting. But, it seems like the only one Alex would accept is one that says he can opt out of the contract if he reaches the Pro Bowl in any year...or something like that. That way if he hits FA, he'll be the most coveted QB on the market.
Alex won't sign something that says "if I suck for a few years, the team can opt out". The team could just cut him anyways.
Regarding Kolb, the Cardinals will have several issues. First, they'll have to eat $8MM in cap this year. Second, they would have traded away a 2nd and a starting CB for an experiment gone wrong. Third, they will have signed a 2 year solution (if Manning survives) with no backup plan in place and only mid to late round selections to work with. They're screwing themselves long term for the chance at one year of glory. They better win the SB next year, otherwise they're f**ked.