It looks as if the talks to try and get a new deal done for QB Kurt Warner are not exactly hitting the track at 100 MPH. The East Valley Tribune is reporting that the agent for quarterback Warner has indicated little progress has been made in talks with the Cardinals about an extension. The QB is coming into the final year of his contract, and has said he wants to stick around in Arizona for two more seasons. “I wouldn’t say it’s gotten to the point where it’s getting serious,” Mark Bartelstein, Warner’s Chicago-based agent, said of the talks.
The one issue for Warner is the fact he wants to get paid as a starter, and the team wants to make sure that Matt Leniart wins the job this summer. Warner did help the Cards get to 8-8 last season, playing in 14 games and playing hurt after he got hurt right after Leniart went down with a broken collarbone. Last season Warner threw for 27 touchdowns and 3417 yards. The TD totals were third most in the NFC, and second most in Cards history.
Warner wants to get this deal done before the start of training camp, and while I wouldn’t think he would hold out if a new deal is not reached, it’s in the best interest of the team to make sure he’s on board if Leniart gets hurt again or has another meltdown and gets the QB a new deal before the team reaches camp.