- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2011

TEMPE, ARIZ. (AP) - Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is downplaying chances for a quick resolution of the team’s search for a new starting quarterback.

While not specifically addressing the potential acquisition of Kevin Kolb from the Philadelphia Eagles, Whisenhunt said there is just too much involved to complete any kind of deal Tuesday, although he added “it’s not for lack of trying.”

Teams were allowed to begin trading for players at 7 a.m. PDT, and Whisenhunt said that probably wasn’t enough time to finish any agreement in one day.

“We’re waiting. We’ve made proposals. We’ve talked. We’ve exchanged ideas,” he said, “but to get something nailed down and then to think that you’re going to get something worked out, whether it’s a trade or even just a contract, especially when you have other teams involved, it’s going to be difficult.”

He declined to confirm reports that Arizona is offering cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as part of a trade for Kolb, the Eagles’ backup to Michael Vick who has expressed hope of being dealt to the Cardinals. Such a trade would include a draft pick and probably would require Arizona reaching a multiyear contract agreement with the quarterback.

Cardinals employees joined others around NFL in getting some good news Tuesday.

Team President Michael Bidwill told employees at their regular meeting that the team would reimburse any pay that was lost because of layoffs or furloughs during the lockout.

At a news conference Tuesday, Whisenhunt described the frenzy of activity as the Cardinals worked to re-sign players, sign undrafted rookie free agents, work out deals with other free agents, sign draft picks and look into possible trades.

“I think the best way to say it is whatever you can imagine, it’s probably worse than that,” he said. “There is multitasking at its most furious.”

At the top of the list is finding a quarterback. The deficiency at that position after the retirement of Kurt Warner was a major reason the team dropped from two-time NFC West champion to a 5-11 record, the worst in Whisenhunt’s four seasons in Arizona.

“There’s a number of quarterbacks out there that we’re obviously in discussions or trying to make moves on to get something worked out,” Whisenhunt said. “There’s other teams doing the same thing. It’s not that you just call up and, `Hey, we’ve got a deal. OK, it’s done.’ You have to negotiate. You have to talk about difference scenarios. Then they have to go back and discuss it, then they have to call you back, and other teams are in the mix.

“It is a process, but like I said I feel very good about our plan and how we’re going to execute that plan. Hopefully we’ll have success in the very near future.”

The team agreed to terms with tight end Jeff King on a three-year deal Tuesday.

King started 62 games in his five seasons with the Carolina Panthers, with 112 receptions for 923 yards and nine touchdowns.

“Arizona is a good fit for me,” King said late Tuesday night. “I think just schematically I fit in well with what they do. So I’m looking forward to it.”

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