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Cardinals Out On Peyton Manning: Ken Whisenhunt Issues Statement

Following today's, and really the last few weeks' events, - from the Cardinals' pursuit of Peyton Manning to today's decision to retain and restructure Kevin Kolb's contract, Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt decided it was wise to issue a public statement on the whole ordeal. Here's what Whiz had to say:

Regarding today's developments and our quarterback position, acquiring Peyton Manning is no longer an option for us.

Since the end of last season we made it very clear that our plan was to head into 2012 with Kevin Kolb and John Skelton, let the process play out and - like at every position - go with the quarterback who gives us the best chance to win.

Obviously something very unique and unexpected presented itself. We've said it many times: if there's an opportunity to make our team better we'll explore it; we view the potential of adding a first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback as one of those. The organization quickly put together an aggressive plan to go after it. We're proud of that and feel very strongly about what we have to offer as a team and as an organization. In the end it didn't work out but from our perspective it was very positive and we certainly don't have any regrets about it.

We sit here today in the same spot we were heading into the offseason. That's with two experienced quarterbacks who have both demonstrated positive things in the past and who we feel good about. Like we said at the end of the season when we won seven of the last nine games, carrying the momentum of that strong finish into 2012 is important and that remains unchanged.

For more on the Cardinals offseason and how you feel Kolb is progressing, make sure you head over to Revenge of the Birds to get in on the action.