Cardinals working on deal with Warner

Cardinals general manager Rod Graves said Saturday that the team is negotiating with Kurt Warner on a new contract and hopes to complete a deal, “sooner, rather than later.”

Warner had contemplated retirement during the season, but his agent recently announced that he would return to play next year.

The veteran quarterback has made clear he prefers to return to Arizona and Graves is working to make that happen.

“I’m optimistic that we’ll eventually get something done,” said Graves.

Two other Cardinals with question marks are WR Anquan Boldin and RB Edgerrin James.

Boldin has voiced concerns about his contract and has been seeking a new deal since last year’s offseason.

Graves said the Cardinals’ stance on Boldin has not changed. “He’s under contract with us for two more years and we’ll sit down and talk when the time is right,” said Graves.

“I wish we were in a position to address everybody’s contract desires, when they wanted them to, but that doesn’t happen in the real world. So, we’re just going to weight it against the other priorities we have and make the best decision for our football team.”

As for James, Graves said Arizona has yet to make a decision on his future with the team.

James had stated he wanted to be released by the Cardinals prior to the playoffs last year, but he played well during Arizona’s Super Bowl run with the second-most postseason rushing yards this year (236).

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