Coach Pete Carroll told reporters here today that the Seahawks showed interest in quarterback Kevin Kolb two years ago, and also took a look at him last season.
And during a teleconference with Seattle-area reporters this afternoon, Kolb confirmed that Seattle did indeed show interest in him the past, two seasons.
“It was the year that Philly was talking about they were willing to get rid of me, (Mike) Vick or Donovan (McNabb),” Kolb said. “And it ended up that Donovan was gone and Philly wasn’t going to trade me. So I think they (Philadelphia) were asking something outrageous. So I think that’s whenever most of that talk was heating up as far as I know.”
Seattle reportedly would have given up a first and third-round pick to Philadelphia for Kolb’s services two years ago.
Listen to Kolb talk about the possibility of going to Seattle in audio clip below.
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Kolb also talked about the Seahawks’ interest in him this past offseason.
“I think early there was some interest,” Kolb said. “But there’s so many games you just never know what the truth is. And then I think once it started to dial down, they figured out they wanted Tarvaris (Jackson), and that Arizona was the best chance for me. So it played out well, and everybody was pretty honest with each other, and I appreciated their interest from the very beginning.”
Kolb said bout eight teams were interested in making a trade initially, but then once they realized what Philadelphia was asking for in terms of compensation and what he wanted in contract terms, teams begin to back off.
“We could see that coming,” Kolb said about the situation. “And then it just came down to a deal where, ‘Hey, I want to be there. You want me there. Let’s get it done.’ And that’s kind of how it went.”
Once Arizona consummated the trade, they signed Kolb to a six-year, $65 million contract
Kolb said that now he’s the guy in Arizona, it feels good to have clarity in his role as the starter on the team, so now he can focus on going out and performing.
“I haven’t had that since I’ve been in the NFL,” he said. “That’s something that I missed. It’s obviously something I wanted to get to. I commented on it a few times in the last, couple years, and Andy Reid granted me that wish. So to come to a place like this, I couldn’t be more excited. I think we have good, talented team. Everybody’s hungry.”
With Arizona at 1-1 heading into this NFC West division contest, Kolb said he and his teammates are approaching this game as a must-win situation.
“You hate to say it this early in the season, but we’re thinking of it as a must win,” Kolb said. “I mean that’s our mentality. And we’re upset with ourselves last week in letting one get away. So it’s very important for us to get off on the right foot, not only in the first quarter, but of course in our first division game.”