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Buffalo Bills Reportedly Interested in QB Kevin Kolb

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 4:   Kevin Kolb #4 of the Arizona Cardinals looks to pass the ball against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on October 4, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIMarch 29, 2013

Without a surefire starting quarterback on the current roster, the Buffalo Bills have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk broke the news of this development on Friday.

The only quarterbacks on the Bills' current roster are Tarvaris Jackson and former USC signal-caller Aaron Corp, making for one of the most dire situations at the game's most important position.

In order for the Bills to legitimately challenge the New England Patriots for AFC East supremacy, a long-term answer under center is vital.

During the 2011 season, Buffalo signed Ryan Fitzpatrick to a six-year, $59 million contract to be that answer. He did not play to expectations this past season, however, and was released by the Bills this offseason.

Kolb guided the Cardinals to a surprising 4-0 start in 2012 before a season-ending rib injury, which ironically occurred in Week 6 against Buffalo.

He also was under a lucrative, six-year, $62.1 million contract of his own, but considering he couldn't separate himself from John Skelton in training camp and the preseason, Kolb was clearly not meeting expectations.

After an offer to restructure the deal was rejected by Kolb, the Cardinals cut him loose, as originally reported by Adam Caplan of Sideline View (h/t CBS Sports).

The Bills have a completely new coaching staff led by Doug Marrone, who last coached at Syracuse University.

In the midst of the uncertainty at quarterback, speculation has been rampant that Buffalo will select Marrone's most recent Orange quarterback, Ryan Nassib, at some point within the first two rounds of the NFL draft. Nassib even professed his desire to reunite with his college coach in a story that appeared on the Bills' official website.

It's unclear whether Kolb would be brought in to be the definitive starter. While he has flashed promise at times during his six-year career, the results have been largely inconsistent for the former second-round pick out of Houston.

Kolb threw for 1,169 yards, eight touchdowns, three interceptions and posted a passer rating of 86.1 for Arizona this past year.

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