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Warner Says He Wants to Stay a Cardinal

With the Super Bowl just about three days old, there is plenty of talk about what the Cardinals will do this offseason. Everyone knows that QB Kurt Warner is set to be a free agent, and there is even some talk about him retiring. Today’s Arizona Republic talks about Warner wanting to come back in 09 to the Cards, and how he wants to retire in the desert.

Kurt Warner said Tuesday when he and the Cardinals cleaned out their lockers at their Tempe training facility and said their goodbyes that he will let everyone know his answer shortly. But after everything that’s been said, everything that’s been intimated publicly and privately by everyone involved, the general perception in and around the Cardinals’ organization seems crystal clear He will be back. And he likely will sign a new, two-year contract extension – possibly in the neighborhood of $18-20 million – to try and lead this once-woebegone franchise right back into glorious history. Give it two weeks, three weeks tops. That was the word circulating through the Warner camp before and following the Cardinals’ 27-23 loss to the Steelers in Tampa.

And unless management completely drops the ball and short-changes the quarterback at the negotiating table, it’s appears to be a done deal. Still, Warner would make no such public assumptions. He did say on Tuesday he wants to finish his career with the Cardinals. “That’s my mindset,” he said. “If I’m going to keep playing, I don’t want to change teams.”

Warner has done enough as a member of the Cards to deserve a new deal, and it’s rather apparent that the team is not ready to give the QB position to Matt Leinart and if the team wants to stay competitive, Warner needs to be with the team next season.

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