The Arizona Cardinals desperately wanted to sign Peyton Manning and for awhile it looked like they were frontrunners for his services. Unfortunately, something went wrong during their meetings which has led Manning in a different direction.

With that said, Arizona had no choice but to pay current QB Kevin Kolb his $7 million roster bonus which pretty much guarantees he’ll be their starter on opening day.

From NBC Sports:

ESPN’s Suzy Kolber reports that the Arizona Cardinals have decided to pay quarterback Kevin Kolb’s $7 million offseason roster bonus. The decision formally removes Arizona from the Peyton Manning sweepstakes.

The Cardinals didn’t have to turn the move into the league office. It’s not a transaction. They’ll simply allow time to elapse without releasing Kolb, and pay the bonus on Saturday.

Arizona’s front office apparently never considered parting with Kolb in the event they missed on Manning. Fingers crossed, they will hope a full offseason in the system helps Kolb work out his kinks.