Count the Cardinals as a team that will for sure have interest in Peyton Manning now that he’s released.
The level to which the Cardinals are interested in Manning is unclear, but that there is any is a sign that they have doubts about Kevin Kolb’s ability to lead them back to the top of the NFC West and to the Super Bowl they played for after the 2008 season under Kurt Warner.
Acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2012 second round draft choice, Kolb signed a five-year extension worth $62.1 million that included a $10 million signing bonus and $2 million base salary in 2011.
Kolb, 27, completed 57.7 percent of his 253 pass attempts for 1,955 yards with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions, missing nearly half the season with concussions as 2010 fifth-round pick John Skelton stepped in and nearly led the team on a miracle run to the playoffs following their 1-6 start to the season.
Kolb is due a $7 million roster bonus on March 17. The Cardinals can get out of the contract by releasing him prior to that date.