There wasn’t any conceivable way the Arizona Cardinals were going to pay Kevin Kolb $11 million this season. Not after an injury-plagued 2012 season in which he played only six games — following a mediocre season the year before that.

The team and Kolb couldn’t work out a pay cut and now the Cards have announced Kolb has been released, hours before he was due a $2 million roster bonus. Arizona will now seemingly move forward with Brian Hoyer and Drew Stanton as their top options, although John Skelton and Ryan Lindley remain on the roster. The Cardinals also could select a quarterback with the seventh pick in the draft.

Kolb could still return to the Cardinals, as the team left the door open for an agreement on a new contract, according to a person informed of the communication between the sides. But the person, who spoke to USA TODAY on condition of anonymity because the talks were to remain private, said Kolb is likely headed elsewhere and that the New York Jets are a possible landing spot.

The person said new Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg certainly has a high opinion of Kolb from his days with the Eagles before the team dealt him to Arizona. Kolb started only seven games for the Eagles in his last two seasons with the team and lost his job when Michael Vick replaced him following an injury to Kolb in the 2010 season opener.