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Kevin Kolb makes Cardinals Super Bowl contenders?

The lockout may still be in full effect and the Arizona Cardinals still don’t have a quarterback, but that isn’t keeping one ESPN writer from saying they could be Super Bowl contenders.

That writer is Jeffri Chadiha and he feels if the Cardinals can pull off a deal for Kevin Kolb they’ll be just as good as they were with Kurt Warner under center.

Kolb had the misfortune of sustaining a concussion just as Michael Vick was ready to show the world how much he’d evolved as a quarterback in Philadelphia last season. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that means Kolb can’t play. He’s still the same quarterback who spent three seasons learning behind Donovan McNabb and training with the same coaches who helped turn Vick from an electrifying improviser into a complete quarterback. Kolb will have serious value once the Eagles decide to trade him. If he lands in Arizona — which seems to be the team most eager to deal for his services — the Cardinals will be Super Bowl contenders once again.

Adding Kolb seems to be a nice fit, but saying they’d be Super Bowl contenders? That seems like a bit of a stretch. Not only will Kolb have to learn a new offensive system, but he’ll have to do it on a truncated timetable.

Once the lockout is lifted the Cardinals would have to first acquire Kolb from the Philadelphia Eagles — something that won’t necessarily be a quick process –, then negotiate a new contract with him and at that point he could start to figure out Ken Whisenhunt’s offensive scheme. Did we mention thanks to the lockout this could all happen within a month of the season starting?

Would adding Kolb be a good move for the Cardinals? Yes, but it most likely won’t make them automatic Super Bowl contenders. There are a few other factors that will dictate that.