WARNER TO TEST THE MARKET?
Posted by Sheil Kapadia on January 27, 2009, 9:21 a.m.
Pending free agent Kurt Warner may want to test the free-agent waters, his agent Mark Bartelstein tells The Chicago Tribune.
“Look, Kurt has had a great time (with Arizona). He loves the coaching staff and the guys on the team. He has built great connections with his teammates. So certainly I think he would love to get something done,” Bartelstein said. “My view with players is always that once you get to free agency, you have earned the right to find out about yourself. You would be silly not to have an open mind.”
Bartelstein addressed Chicago as a possible destination for Warner.
“The Bears obviously have to figure out which direction they want to go with the quarterback thing,” Bartelstein said. “It has, obviously, been a point of contention for quite a while. We have to wait and see what they decide they want to do.”
According to The Tribune, Warner and the Cardinals discussed a new deal over the summer and earlier this season, but the two sides weren’t able to come to an agreement.
Bartelstein said he has talked to the Bears about adding Warner in the past.
“We have talked about Kurt a couple of different times,” Bartelstein said. “They felt like they had drafted [ Rex Grossman, in 2003] and they wanted to give [him] every chance to be successful.
“I think teams are learning more and more that you can’t ever assume that something is going to happen. You can never assume that someone is going to develop. Your window in free agency and contracts and injuries … your window is so small now. So when you think you have a chance to win, you had better go try and do it.”