Warner, the Cardinals and the 49ers

February, 27, 2009
2/27/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Would Kurt Warner consider jumping from the Cardinals to the 49ers? I do not think he would go that route unless he felt the Cardinals had badly insulted him with their offer. And I never got that feeling Warner felt that way when I watched him on ESPN earlier in the day.

Signing Warner away from the Cardinals would qualify as a tremendous gambit from the 49ers' perspective. They would strengthen the quarterback situation in San Francisco while weakening the quarterback situation in Arizona.

Warner has struck a diplomatic tone throughout this process. Sometimes his words have not lined up with his agent's message, typical in these high-stakes negotiations. Warner has suggested he might retire. His agent has been adamant that Warner plans to keep playing. It's tougher to create a market for a player contemplating retirement.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat cites a source as saying the 49ers have a "legitimate shot" at signing Warner (or perhaps not). Money talks in these situations. If the 49ers far exceeded the Cardinals' offer, sure, Warner could change teams within the division. That would be a tough one for Arizona management to explain, at least in the short term.

Over the longer term, Warner's style doesn't seem to suit the 49ers' personnel or what they want to accomplish offensively -- although Rams fans might think otherwise if they saw Warner tossing passes to Isaac Bruce.

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