Warner expected to re-sign with Cards soon

Kurt Warner and his agent must have read my latest column because apparently the free agent quarterback is on the verge of re-signing with the Arizona Cardinals according to ESPN.com. If the deal is completed, Warner is expected to receive $23 million over the next two years.

On Monday I speculated that Warner wouldn’t re-up with the Cards after making a free agent stop in San Francisco to talk with the 49ers. I concluded that with the departure of Todd Haley and the eventual/possible trade of Anquan Boldin, Warner might soon jettison as well.

Uh, not so much.

Arizona truly is a perfect fit for Warner, who led the Cards to their first-ever Super Bowl appearance last season. Losing Haley hurts, but head coach Ken Whisenhunt promoted from within and made assistant head coach Russ Grimm the run-game coordinator and wide receivers coach Mike Miller the passing game coordinator. Who knows if the split offensive coordinator duties will work, but at least Warner is familiar with the two coaches that will be devising the game plans next season.

Assuming they do complete the deal with Warner, the Cards could turn their attention to either re-working Boldin’s contract or finding a suitable trade partner. Boldin has expressed both his desire to stay and leave, with his chief motivation being about money. The Cards will essentially have to decide whether or not they want to pony up big to keep Boldin happy (and soak a ton of money into the wide receiver position with Larry Fitzgerald already on the roster), or possibly acquire multiple draft picks in hopes to address needs on defense.

Either way, it looks like ‘Zona will have their starting signal caller back under center next year. (Matt Leinart must be doing summersaults right now.)

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