The move comes in advance of the team paying Kolb a $1 million roster bonus, which would have been due to him on Thursday, March 13. It’ll save the Bills $3.1 million against the salary cap this season, with only the prorated portion of his signing bonus ($500,000) counting on the books this season, according to Overthecap.com data.
Kolb’s short-lived Bills career was, to put it mildly, a bit of an unlucky stretch for the veteran signal caller. Early in training camp, as he was competing with then-rookie EJ Manuel for the Bills’ starting job, Kolb slipped on a rubber mat walking between practice fields, injuring his knee. Two days later, he was excused from camp to attend to a death in the family. Upon his return, Kolb appeared in two preseason games, missing an opportunity to gain ground on Manuel when he suffered a career-threatening concussion in Washington.
As Kolb missed the 2013 season, the Bills were left scrambling for a backup to Manuel, eventually finding one in a preseason trade that landed the team Thad Lewis. He’d ultimately start five games for Manuel, guiding the Bills to a 2-3 record in those contests.
It’s unclear whether or not Kolb will continue his NFL career at this point, considering that the Bills have been purposely vague about his condition when asked about it by reporters in recent weeks. If he does elect to keep playing, however, it won’t be as a Bill.