Lutui, a four-year starter, apparently wants a long-term deal and has been absent from all offseason activity. His agent, Max Hannemann, has not commented on the strategy. Neither has Lutui.
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and General Manager Rod Graves don't understand Lutui's motives. It's clear the team isn't going to give him a long-term deal at this point. There are plenty of players ahead of Lutui in that line, including defensive end Darnell Dockett.
Meanwhile, Lutui might have lost his starting job. The signing of Alan Faneca added to the team's depth at the position.
Faneca moved into the starting lineup at left guard with Reggie Wells moving to the right side, replacing Lutui. Rex Hadnot, signed from Cleveland in the off-season, is in the mix and was signed to compete with Wells and Lutui.
The Cardinals have all the leverage in dealing with Lutui. Sources said Lutui has been working out with a trainer, but the Cardinals are curious about that. Lutui has struggled with his weight during his career, and the Cardinals wonder what kind of shape he will be in when he signs.
Lutui is expected to sign the $1.759 million offer before June 15. After that, the team can replace the offer with one that gives him a 10 percent raise over last year. That's about $588,000.
"It's a learning experience for me," Dockett said. "I've never been in trouble, I've never been in the news or on gossip sites or things like that. I apologize to all the kids, everybody in the community who looks up to me. I apologize to my team. I walked by each player individually and apologized. I got to do better things than that.
"Y'all will never see me on no news or media, anything like that again, unless it's for me trying to take somebody's head off."
"It was a great conversation," Whisenhunt said. "I just told him how much we admired what he had done with that team. What I respect the most is getting those guys to play together as a team, the chemistry."