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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Updated: February 27, 11:31 AM ET
Warner likely to enter free agency

By John Clayton

Kurt Warner


Arizona Cardinals


2008 Season Stats
Att Comp Yds TD Int Rat
598 401 4401 30 14 96.9
After an all-day negotiating session at the Arizona Cardinals complex Kurt Warner's agent, Mark Bartelstein, couldn't reach an agreement.

Barring a last minute phone call, Warner will become a free agent at midnight Thursday.

Bartelstein boarded a flight Thursday evening for his home in the Chicago area, but he said he would keep in contact with the Cardinals.

Warner is hoping to land a contract around in the range of the top five quarterbacks in the NFL -- $14 million to $16 million a year. He wants a two-year deal.

The Cardinals have offered $10 million to $12 million.

Talks have been amiable. Warner said he will retire if he doesn't play for the Cardinals.

John Clayton is senior NFL writer for