Earlier today, the Eagles announced that they had extended Kevin Kolb's contract, which was set to expire at the end of the 2010 season, by one year. This new deal will give our new franchise quarterback a cool $12.26 million. The best part? It's 100% guaranteed. How's that for motivation? What's interesting about this deal though, is that it gives enough financial incentive to affirm Kolb's starter status, but it allows the Eagles the option of a whole new deal depending on Kolb's performance during his first two years leading the offense. Well done, indeed.
Head coach Andy Reid gave his usual contract extension statement during a news conference at the NovaCare Training Complex this afternoon:
"We’re happy to have Kevin under contract for the next two seasons. When given the chance, Kevin has proven to have good command of this offense and we’re looking forward to having him operate as the No. 1 quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles."
Kolb had this to add about his extension:
"It was important. We can put all this behind us now and look forward to the most important thing which is winning football games and getting prepared as possible with the guys that are out there...I want to be here long term and I think the Eagles want me here long term."
I think a significant portion of the fanbase want you here long term too, Kevin. Let's just hope the Eagles big-time investment pays off. One thing's for sure, though. It's certainly nice to finally be able to put all the quarterback drama behind us. Until Kolb throws his next interception, that is.