Espo: Arizona Cardinals should pursue Kolb and Bulger
Published: February 06, 2011 @ 10:24pm
Philadelphia Eagles' Kevin Kolb looks up through falling sleet during a time-out in the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
I learned a lot of things on Super Bowl Sunday. I learned that everyone has a price, including Eminem. I learned that Coke can solve military disputes. I learned that actual black eyed peas have more musical talent than the Black Eyed Peas. I learned that all you need to make your son believe that he has super powers is a remote starter for your car. I learned that Cosmo Kramer was a Bills fan. I learned that if you don't hit a beaver with your car it will later save your life. I learned that Americans are too lazy to type the m at the end of .com and I learned the most important sales pitch of the day didn't come from a company but from Larry Fitzgerald.
See, the companies weren't the only ones to have their newest persuasive arguments revealed Sunday. If reports are to be believed, Fitzgerald let his desire about who he wants throwing him passes in 2011 be known, and the names Kevin Kolb and Marc Bulger were atop the list. It was the one and only ad that fully caught my attention and actually convinced me to make a purchase on the spot.
Hopefully the Cardinals' front office had a similar reaction because it's time to sell the farm and get Fitzgerald whatever he wants. With the clock ticking on his current contract, the team can't mess around with another season like last. This offseason is the most important since their arrival in the desert so why not do it right? Why not get both Kolb and Bulger?
Many will say the price tag for Kolb is too high, like Harrison Ford seemed on FOX's Pregame show red carpet. They're wrong. The price tag of not getting him and losing Fitzgerald, is even steeper.
If the Philadelphia Eagles want the fifth pick in the first round, they need to pull the trigger. If they need more, at the very least consider it. The message the move would send is more impactful than any player the team could draft at the spot. (See Levi Brown if you need convincing.)
After adding Kolb you probably wouldn't see the need to add Bulger as well. If the 2010 season taught us anything, it's that you can never have too many capable quarterbacks.
Adding Bulger would give the team an insurance policy, a role he's familiarized himself with in Baltimore, and would add the competition head coach Ken Whisenhunt loves to see at the position in training camp. It's another move that needs to be made regardless of the cost.
What Larry Fitzgerald wants is what he should get. He deserves it and so do the fans. His sales pitch was better than anything a major advertising agency came up with on Sunday and it didn't even cost him $3.5 million. If the Cardinals don't listen, it could cost them a whole lot more.