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Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 07/29/2011

Kevin Kolb happy to land in “clean” Arizona; Kurt Warner eager to see what he can do


Kevin Kolb can expect a warm reception when Arizona visits Philadelphia on Nov. 13. (Christian Petersen - GETTY IMAGES)
The ink is still wet on Kevin Kolb’s new five-year $63 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals and already the young quarterback is turning former fans back in Philadelphia into haters.

Kolb’s move to the desert was all but gauranteed before free agency began this week and for a team desperate to revive its aerial attack, it made sense. For Kolb, the trade gives him another shot at being a starting quarterback in the NFL — and it may also give him a “cleaner” city in which to live.

Friday afternoon, Arizona Republic reporter Kent Somers tweeted Kolb’s comments on his first day at Cardinals camp.

Kolb said he was impressed by Cardinals and AZ back in NFC title game. Likedow clean area was. "Granted, I was coming from Philadelphia."less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

Somers followed up by saying Kolb was smiling and clearly joking when he made the crack about the City of Brotherly Love, and that he said plenty of good things about his former team, coach and city.

Philadelphia fans have always been a friendly, forgiving lot who show their appreciation for players — past and present — in their own special way. And when Kolb returns to Lincoln Financial Field on Nov. 13, he’ll surely expect nothing less.

No hard feelings, right Philly?

Eagles fans won’t be the only ones watching Kolb with a keen eye. Former franchise savior Kurt Warner is interested to see if Kolb can finally live up to the hype.

Shutdown Corner’s Doug Farrar shared Warner’s take on the Kolb trade:

“To go out and give that much up and to pay that much money, I just think the verdict is still out on this guy. That's why it makes it a risky move, but at the same time the Cardinals had to make this kind of move. They had to go out and get a quarterback and say, 'At least we are trying to fill that position because that's a position of need for us.' And we know that in this day and age, you have to have a quarterback if you're going to win."

And if Kolb falls flat on his face, maybe Larry Fitzgerald could coax Warner (or that other old guy) out of retirement for one final go.

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