Looks like another year holding the clipboard for Matt Leinart. The Cardinals have announced they've signed QB Kurt Warner to a 2 year, $23 million contract.
Warner agreed to a deal includes a $15 million signing bonus. The agreement came after he lowered his demands Tuesday. Initially, he had sought to be among the top five paid quarterbacks in the NFL, about $14.5 million a year. But on Tuesday, he told agent Mark Bartelstein to offer Arizona a two-year, $23 million deal. The Cardinals initially had offered two years and $20 million.
Warner has been with the Cardinals for four seasons but had to win the starting job from Matt Leinart in training camp a year ago. He went on to have a Pro Bowl season that rivaled his league MVP days with the St. Louis Rams.
He started all 20 games for Arizona last season. In 16 regular-season games, Warner completed 67 percent of his throws for 4,583 yards and 30 touchdowns, with 14 interceptions.
In four playoff games, he was even better, completing 68 percent of his passes for 1,147 yards and 11 touchdowns, with three interceptions.
Warner gets a ton of cash, the starting QB slot and everybody is happy! Well, maybe not Anquan Boldin. But New York Newsday is reporting that Warner offered to cut his salary by $1 million a year if they sign Anquan Boldin to a new contract.
Maybe that gesture -- not to mention the fact that Warner will be throwing him the ball and not Leinart -- is enough to bring Boldin back into the fold.
If he does, then plan on Warner putting up incredible fantasy numbers again this season. If Boldin bolts, then Warner's value should be lower. How much lower depends on who they get to replace Boldin. Even in the worst-case scenario though, Kurt Warner is one of the premier QBs in fantasy.