Kurt Warner to hit the market
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Posted By Mike Florio 7:03 PM
The Cardinals are letting quarterback Kurt Warner hit the open market after he helped guide the team to its first Super Bowl appearance.
According to Adam Schefter of NFL Network, Warner's agent spent the day in Arizona in the hopes of working out a new contract.
And to no avail.
Thus, Warner will become a free agent at midnight. Per Schefter, Warner is "not opposed" to making free-agent visits.
Schefter points out that there's a "perception" that Warner plans to stay in Arizona, and that this "perception" is apparently affecting the negotiations.
But that "perception" comes from Warner's own mouth. Indeed, Warner told Sporting News Radio earlier this week that he's focused on re-signing with the Cardinals or retiring.
So now the question becomes whether someone else is willing to pay Warner more than the Cardinals have offered, and whether Warner is willing to walk. Reportedly, the Cardinals' most recent offer was in the range of $10 million to $12 million per season on a two-year deal.
The Vikings seemed to be an ideal potential destination, before they agreed to acquire Sage Rosenfels from the Texans. Other teams for whom Warner would provide a significant upgrade include, in our view, the Bills, the Browns, the Titans, the Jaguars, the Texans, the Chiefs, the Raiders, the Redskins, the Bears, the Lions, the Buccaneers, and the 49ers.
Mike Florio writes and edits ProFootballTalk.com and is a regular contributor to Sporting News. Check out PFT for up-to-the minute NFL news.