Kurt Warner and the Art of the Deal

February 28, 2009 – 7:00 am by Doug Farrar

Despite the fact that he was the point-man in the Arizona Cardinals’ Super Bowl run, it seems that quarterback Kurt Warner and the Cards may be at cross proposes about his future. The last word is that Warner and the Arizona front office have a bridge to cross on a new contract. It’s an interesting face-off, really — Warner isn’t going to find a better position for his talent, and the Cardinals can’t possibly believe that Matt Leinart is the future of this team — at least, not a just-around-the-corner Super Bowl future.

On Friday, Mark Bartlestein, Warner’s agent, joined XTRA 910 for the latest.

On the ongoing negotiations:                                   

“We’re working really hard at it. It’s sort of an hour-by-hour process when you go through this, especially in the first four or five days of free agency. I think it’s really clear what Kurt would like to have happen in terms of staying with the Cards and staying in Arizona and everything, but that hasn’t gotten done yet, so you keep working, and you see what happens hour-by-hour.”

On the Art of the Deal:

“There are a lot of factors that go into determining the right value for a deal. You look at his peers, what they’re earning, recent contracts, you look at (the player’s) role on a team, the length of a contract … there are a lot of things that go into it. You have to put it all together and come up with something both sides feel good about.”

Click here to listen to Mark Bartlestein on XTRA 910!


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