Chandler signing raises questions

The signing of Chris Chandler could signal the end of Kurt Warner's tenure in St. Louis.

Updated: July 29, 2008, 8:10 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
Missouri is known as the Show Me State, and with the recent acquisition of quarterback Chris Chandler, the St. Louis Rams might soon be showing Kurt Warner the door.

The Rams signed the veteran signal-caller to a three-year, $2.6 million contract on Monday that included a $300,000 signing bonus. Coach Mike Martz tried to squelch the obvious speculation by stressing Chandler was brought in to replace third-string quarterback Scott Covington. But Chandler is making more than third string money.

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Chandler's base salaries over the course of the contract are $760,000 in '04, $765,000 in '05 and $770,000 in '06. His $860,000 cap figure for this season is astronomical considering third-string quarterbacks rarely ever take a snap in a season. In fact, many teams last year decided to go without a third-stringer realizing how little they were asked to do.