Mercenary football is good. There is an understanding between employer and employee: you play, I'll pay. Players take the field, give all they possess, bloody the knuckles, rake a few backs, draw a little blood, laugh as they spoil and then pick up a check Monday. This is the way it has been since William (Pudge) Heffelfinger was paid $500 dollars to play in a game in 1892.
Being a human being while playing mercenary football is bad. Players that take the field, give all they possess, bloody the knuckles, rake a few backs, draw a little blood, laugh as they spoil and then pick up a check on Monday also have souls. Souls and sensibilities don't always mesh with big boy football.
Loyalty in the NFL is acknowledged but never expected. Owners will pay the next mercenary better than you if you don't perform. Owners and teams want to win and all they care about is your fulfillment of your end of the bargain. You storm the gates, scale the walls and run people through or you won't be getting paid.
Every player that buckles the straps knows the deal between kingdom and Hun. Kevin Kolb is going to be fine.
The Arizona Cardinals courtship of Peyton Manning should have no impact on Kolb. Big Red had a chance to pursue a future Hall of Fame quarterback because he had an interest in playing for them. Matt Schaub would have a problem with this, Matthew Stafford should have a problem with this and doing this to Cam Newton would be almost criminal, but Kevin Kolb has much to prove. The Cardinals had a chance to do something special and they took a swing. No harm, no foul.
If Kevin Kolb is broken over the Cardinals pursuit of Manning he wasn't the right guy for the job to begin with. Moreover, as it stands, Kolb is going to face a QB battle in Flagstaff with John Skelton. Will this break him or impact his confidence negatively?
Kevin Kolb is a mercenary of the highest order. He has been paid handsomely to play QB for the Arizona Cardinals. He has benefitted greatly from this agreement.
Lets hope he's more Attila than Bleda.