The biggest free agent QB likely will be off the market by the time next Friday rolls around, as it looks like Kurt Warner and the Cards are going to be able to come to a deal by the time the signing period starts. NFL.com is reporting that the team and Warner are starting to talk already about a new deal:
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.
It was announced on Friday that Warner was going to play in 2009, which was one hurdle to overcome. Now that he’s going to play, it looks like it’s just a matter of time before he and the Cards can come to a deal on a 2-3 year contract that will keep him the starter in the desert.