New York Jets interested in former Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb, West Virginia prospect Geno Smith

Posted: March 16, 2013

The answer to the New York Jets' quarterback woes could be . . . ex-Eagle Kevin Kolb?

Or could it be Geno Smith - if he slips past the Eagles, who have the fourth pick in the coming NFL draft?

The speculation about Kolb has heated up for several reasons, according to several sources.

The Arizona Cardinals owe Kolb a $2 million payment if he's still on their roster Saturday ("which is some pretty sweet St. Patty's Day drinking money," quips thescore.com) so he's expected to be cut. Also, his base salary is $9 million, with a cap number of $13.5 million, and Arizona just signed according to profootballtalk.com.

The Jets' new offensive coordinator is Marty Mornhinweg, who had the same job with the Eagles when Kolb had some of his best games.

"Kolb's understanding of Mornhinweg's West Coast Offense makes him a viable contender to become the Jets' starting quarterback," writes Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

Finally, as Mornhinweg said Monday, the Jets could use some competition at the position. Last year's starter, Mark Sanchez, was a major disappointment; backup Tim Tebow is likely to be cut; and new free-agent David Garrard turned 35 Thursday.

"Kolb should provide that competition despite his troubles in Arizona, where his production was curtailed by injuries - and a horrific offensive line. He had 17 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions in just 15 games the past two seasons," Mehta writes.

The key could be money.

"This will be a 'kicking the tires' situation for the Jets to see if Kolb is affordable," writes Brian Costello of the Post. "If his asking price is reasonable, then it could happen. The Jets have about $15 million in salary cap space, but they already have about a $17 million cap figure at the position."

As for Smith, the Jets, who have the ninth pick in the draft, were one of the teams, besides the Eagles, scouting the West Virginia quarterback at his pro day this week, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. The Jets interviewed all 10 top quarterback prospects, including Smith, at last month's combine, writes Conor Orr.


Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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