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Could Warner fit with the Chiefs?

2/24/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Warner Could Kurt Warner, if he gets to free agency Friday morning, become a Kansas City Chief?

Conceivably, sure. The team hasn't settled on a quarterback and Warner flourished in 2008 in Arizona under offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Haley, of course, is now the head coach in Kansas City.

So, yes, if Warner doesn't re-sign with the Cardinals, Kansas City could be a possible dance partner. But here are three reasons why it wouldn't make sense for the Chiefs to pursue Warner.

Warner is looking for big money: If the Chiefs want to spend big on a quarterback, they should probably trade for New England quarterback Matt Cassel, who has a history with new Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli and who is much younger than Warner, who will turn 38 in June.

Warner is a stopgap solution: He will not be the long-term answer so the team will need to figure out another option at quarterback in a couple of years. Instead of spending big on the short term on Warner, the Chiefs would be better off trying to develop the young Tyler Thigpen now.

The Chiefs aren't a winner: Warner, fresh of the Super Bowl experience, will want to win now and the Chiefs likely won't be an instant winner. If Warner plays somewhere other than Arizona, it will likely be a team that is just a quarterback away from contending. The Chiefs have many more needs.

So while the Haley-Warner connection is intriguing, there are too many tangible road blocks that make this an unlikely pairing.