Kurt Warner is a quarterback machine, leading the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl and starting for the NFC in the Pro Bowl. Still, he’ll take some time to decompress before making a decision on his future.
Warner’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, told the Arizona Republic that he hopes to open contract talks with the Cardinals soon. Warner has said that he would like to remain in Arizona and doesn’t want to uproot his family, but that doesn’t mean he’ll give the Cardinals a hometown discount.
- “I don’t look at discounts,” Bartelstein said. “Every deal has its own unique circumstances. I don’t go into it with a preconceived notion. You find what the issues are with your client and for the team and try to agree on something that makes sense.”
One of the many factors in Warner’s decision is the departure of offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who was hired to coach the Kansas City Chiefs. Warner had a good relationship with his coordinator, but could that be soothed by a reunion with Mike Martz, his coordinator and coach in St. Louis? The Santa Rosa (Calif.) Press Democrat reports that there are rumors the Cardinals asked the San Francisco 49ers for Martz’s cell-phone number. However, there hasn’t been any confirmation. Martz was the 49ers’ offensive coordinator last season, but he was fired by new head coach Mike Singletary.
And then there’s the matter of WR Anquan Boldin. Not surprisingly, Warner is a fan of Boldin and said that having the wide receiver around would make his decision easier. And it turns out, the feeling is mutual.
- “You definitely want to see a guy like him come back because I feel like he’s got a lot left in the tank,” Boldin said. “He’s a guy that’s playing at the top of his career. He’s playing lights out, so you definitely want a guy like that to return.”