For those hoping the Cowboys sign Kurt Warner, this might give you an idea how much he's worth when an ex-Rams coach doesn't even want to bring him in.
Smith: Bears not interested in QB Warner
By Bob LeGere Daily Herald Sports Writer
Posted Friday, April 23, 2004
Head coach Lovie Smith refuted widespread rumors that the Bears would be a serious suitor for quarterback Kurt Warner if the Rams release him on June 1.
"We have our quarterback," Smith said. "Rex Grossman is our quarterback."
Although he has been replaced by Marc Bulger as the starter in St. Louis, Warner is a two-time NFL MVP (1999 and 2001) and three-time Pro Bowl pick who will be looking to be guaranteed a starting job or at least the opportunity to compete for one if he leaves.
And, there is still a possibility the Rams will keep him at a reduced salary.
"I know he hasn't been waived from St. Louis or anything like that," Smith said. "I assume if Kurt does leave, he wants to be the starting quarterback somewhere, which he should.
"He's a friend of mind, so we have a personal relationship. But we have our quarterback here. We're very happy with him. I hope for Kurt if he does leave, he can go somewhere where he can be the (starting) quarterback."
Thumb injuries have limited Warner's effectiveness the last two seasons, and he threw just 65 passes in 2003. Although he'll turn 33 on June 22, he could be a major upgrade for a team such as the Oakland Raiders, who are hoping 38-year-old Rich Gannon can recover from last season's shoulder injury.
"I think he can still play," Smith said of Warner. "He played at a high level not long ago. I don't think he'd lose it. I don't think he's lost it that quick."