News: Sportsline: 5 Teams Interested in Warner

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  1. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    I hope we are one of them.


    Rams release two-time NFL MVP
    June 1, 2004 wire reports

    ST. LOUIS -- Kurt Warner's storybook stay with the Rams ended Tuesday, but he's unlikely to be out of work for long.


    The release of the two-time NFL MVP, who led the Rams to two Super Bowls, leaves Marc Bulger as the team's No. 1 quarterback. Bulger took over as the starter for good after Warner fumbled six times in last year's season opener.

    Coincidentally, that game was against the New York Giants, the team likely to sign Warner to ease Eli Manning's transition to the NFL. Warner has not started and won a regular-season game since 2001, going 0-6 in 2002 and losing that one game last season.

    Bulger, who is 18-4 as the Rams regular-season starter, signed a four-year, $19.1 million contract in April as the first major sign Warner would not be back. The team also signed backup Chris Chandler to a free-agent deal, and excused Warner from a three-day minicamp last month, all of which made Tuesday's news less than a blockbuster event.

    Mark Bartelstein, Warner's agent, said Jay Zygmunt, the Rams' president of football operations, told him the team had filed the necessary papers with the NFL office.

    "I think there's a lot of mixed emotions," Bartelstein said. "He's had so much success and such a great relationship with everyone in St. Louis.

    "It's an unbelievable chapter in his life and an unbelievable chapter in the NFL. To leave that, I think, is hard, but he's in the prime of his career."

    Bartelstein said four or five teams remained in the running for Warner's services, although most signs point to him signing with New York. He expected Warner, likely the biggest name to enter the second phase of free agency, would sign by the end of the week.

    "Teams are calling all the time," Bartelstein said. "Kurt and I kind of have a preference, where we think is the best fit, and we're going to see if we can get that worked out.

    "If we can, great, and if not, there's other choices."

    By signing less than two months from the start of training camp, Warner is unlikely to get any guarantees of playing time. From that standpoint, the Giants might be the best fit right now.

    "In June you're never going to find a place where someone says 'Our quarterback situation is wide open,"' Bartelstein said. "I also know if Kurt goes and plays the way he's capable of playing, and he helps the team win and win big it doesn't really matter who's waiting in the wings.

    "Kurt is going to be the guy."

    Warner, who turns 33 on June 22, led the Rams to Super Bowls in 1999 and 2001, but has been plagued by injuries since.

    By waiting until now to cut Warner, the Rams will spread their salary cap hit over two years instead of one. He'll cost them $4.6 million this year and $6.7 million in 2005. His contract called for a $9.5 million salary this year.

    Warner, undrafted out of Northern Iowa but an Arena League star, got the Rams' starting quarterback job in 1999 after Trent Green had a season-ending knee injury in the preseason. The Rams had endured a decade of losing seasons before Warner led the NFL with 41 touchdown passes, helping the team finish 13-3.

    Warner also was the Super Bowl MVP after a 23-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans.

    In 2001, Warner led the Rams to a 14-2 record, although St. Louis lost to the underdog New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

    Nothing much has gone right for Warner since then. He missed half of the 2002 season with hand injuries, throwing only three touchdown passes with 11 interceptions. That gave Bulger his first chance to shine with victories in his first six career starts.

    Warner appeared to have regained his form last year with a strong preseason before his stumbling start in New York. Bulger never gave the Rams a reason to reconsider Warner the rest of the year.

    The Associated Press News Service
  2. BadKarma

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    Kurt, tell your agent to call Jerry and Billy. Tell them you'd like a vet minimum contract and you'd love to play for them.
  3. Roughneck

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    ......and after they stop laughing (WARNING Kurt: this might take a couple of hours), tell them that you'll play for free and that you'll sign a waiver relieving the Dallas Cowboys organization of being held accountable for all unfortunate incidents that may happen to you while you're on the team. Once you've said all of this, I'd say your chances are somewhere around 50/50.

    BTW, does anybody have any questions as to where I stand on Kurt Warner coming to Dallas? :D
  4. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    Just one, how do you really feel?
  5. Duane

    Duane Well-Known Member

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    Kurt should also tell them that his wife will wear a grocery sack on her head during the whole game, much like Saints fans do now.
  6. LaTunaNostra

    LaTunaNostra He Made the Difference

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    Of all the indictments I've recently read/heard of Kurt's current level of ability, one from Total Access a few weeks ago was the most troubling. (I mean, other than Sarge's) :D

    I think it was Mike Mayock who mentioned it. And that was that Warner appeared "shell-shocked" even in Ram PRACTICES last year. The report sounded so bad, you'd think Warner could make a Pro Bowler out of Ekuban.

    At this point, the only reason I'd like to see KW wearing the star is to make Cajun happy.
  7. Sarge

    Sarge Red, White and brew... Staff Member

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    Indeed. I want NOTHING to do with this guy. He is mush. He had his 15 minutes of fame.

    He's spent.

    It's over Johnny.

    Thank you - and good night.
  8. da_boyz_mk

    da_boyz_mk How 'Bout Dem Cowboys

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    man you beat me to it. if he comes he has to leave his wife in st. louis.
  9. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    Gee thanks LaTuna....Your check is in the mail for that endorsement. By the way, I don't put alot of stock in Mayocks's analysis. He was the guy weho said that Mike Williams if he was in the draft would be a second round talent at best. I a credibility issue with him. Also, his reports from the combine were pretty much candy when I wanted meat. But, here hoping that he just makes a trip to talk to BP and JJ at least. If that happens I think he is as good as signed.
  10. Yeagermeister

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    Does anyone else find it funny that St. Louis is replacing a fragile Warner with a more fragile Chandler? If Bulger gets hurt they are in serious trouble.
  11. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Backwoods Sexy Staff Member

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    Chandler is cheaper in the long run and IMO chandler has a series of injuries instead of the same problem.

    I think Warners injuries have never healed and they know that he is not going to be any better....but that is speculation on my part.

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't think there is any question, Warner has the talent. It's a matter of health. I have to believe that if he checks out, he is instintaniously the best QB on our roster or the Giants. Warner with the Giants could spell big trouble in the NFC East. Everybody cheap shots Warner for his play the last few seasons and deservidly so but hey, I can still remember his play when he was healthy. I can honestly say that I don't think I have ever watched a QB put up better numbers then he did at that time. A healthy Warner in NY is not what I would like to see.
  13. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    I understand Chandler is a lot cheaper but he gets concussions with barely getting touched. He's called Chandalier for a reason.
  14. Bach

    Bach Benched

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    I'm not high on Warner, then again, I don't really think much of 40 year old Vinny either.

    If we sign a veteran QB, he's not likely to have much, if any, impact. He'd basically be catastrophe insurance.

    I'm really indifferent towards both. I can see why we would want a veteran backup, but I don't have any strong feelings positively or negatively toward any of the elder FA QB's.
  15. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Backwoods Sexy Staff Member

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    Yes but between the concussions he plays well and you never know when the concussions will happen...I really believe the Rams feel that Kurts hand problem will not improve enough for him to return to being a productive QB.

    I just do not see them taking such a huge salary if they have even a small feeling that he will return to the warner of old.
  16. CapnComeback

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    The better question is: does anyone care?

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