Quarterback Kurt Warner feels rejuvenated by the Cardinals first playoff appearance in 10 years.…
Prepping for the Offseason,Who Will Get Paid?
Adam Caplan: Basically Warner should be yielding a deal that averages about $7-$8 million for each season on a three-year deal based on his play the last two seasons. It's believed the team is offering well than half of that.
AZRR: From what you hear, how likely is it that Warner will be signed for two more years?
AC: In the end, I see him getting a two or three-year deal. A source with knowledge of the situation said the Cardinals don't usually do anything until the last minute so a deal may not get done until closer to the start of free agency on 2/27.
AZRR: What do you think Matt Leinart's future in Arizona looks like if Warner gets a new deal? And how about if Warner doesn't?
AC: If Warner gets his deal done, Leinart's days as a Cardinal would be numbered. I'd imagine his agent would request a trade since Leinart wouldn't get a chance to play unless Warner got hurt. Leinart has a $5.5 million roster bonus due in 2011 so if Warner gets his new deal, then Leinart will be gone for sure after the 2010 season.
AZRR: Edgerrin James lost his starting job in week nine to rookie running back Tim Hightower. But Hightower hit the rookie slump and James received the starting nod in the regular season finale. When James was sidelined, he asked for a trade. How plausible is a James' trade? Is there a market for the 10-year veteran?
AC: The team would save $3.25 million by trading or releasing him. James is seen around the league as a valuable backup at this point, not as a starter so I don't see much trade value.
AZRR: With the offseason just around the corner, has there been any talks about a new deal for Anquan Boldin? Will the finger pointing resume in a month?
AC: There's nothing new there, but talks could resume after they're done playing. He's signed for two more seasons and they'd take a small cap hit in 2009 (less than $1 million) is he's traded or released.
AZRR: What does the Cardinals' salary cap looking for next year? Do you predict any major changes on the lineup to make room for Boldin, Warner and/or Karlos Dansby?
AC: As it stands now, a league source said the Cardinals are significantly under ($25-$30 million) the cap for 2009. So it's possible they can re-sign Warner and Dansby and get Boldin the money he wants.
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