With no deal in place with the Arizona Cardinals, QB Kurt Warner apparently is ready to shop his services elsewhere.
First stop: San Francisco.
- Since the conclusion of the season, it has seemed as if his return to the Cardinals was a mere formality. Warner, who turns 38 in June, expressed his desire to retire with the Cardinals. “If I am going to play, I don’t want it to be anywhere else,” he said.
- But Warner and the Cardinals have been unable to agree on a contract. The sides remain far apart on a two-year contract. The Cardinals have offered $20 million for two seasons, while Warner’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, is reportedly seeking approximately $14 million annually for his client, the Arizona Republic reported.
Bartelstein told the Sacramento Bee that Warner is genuine in his interest in playing elsewhere and not simply using the visit as a negotiating ploy to stay with the Cardinals.
- “I know there’s a lot of skepticism out there,” Bartelstein said. “I’ll say this — the people that know Kurt Warner will tell you he doesn’t get into deals with people unless he is serious. He doesn’t use other people.”
Bartelstein also chatted with the Arizona Republic about Warner’s decision to test the market after talks with the Cardinals reached an impasse.
- “I don’t know that he has a choice. … It’s all part of free agency, everybody is going to put their best foot forward, recruit him and make him feel wanted,” Bartelstein said. “Who would not answer the phone if someone calls?”
Warner, a four-time Pro Bowl pick and two-time league MVP, threw for 4,583 yards and 30 touchdowns during the 2008 regular season, and he added 1,147 yards and 11 touchdowns in the playoffs, leading the Cardinals to their first Super Bowl appearance.