x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Warner to stay a Cardinal

Quarterback Kurt Warner agreed to stay with the Arizona Cardinals for a two-year, US$23million (Dh83.4m) contract on Wednesday.

PHOENIX // Quarterback Kurt Warner agreed to stay with the Arizona Cardinals for a two-year, US$23million (Dh83.4m) contract on Wednesday. The agent for Warner, 37, said the deal included a $15million signing bonus. "We finally got it done," agent Mark Bartelstein said. "We're excited about that. I think it's good for everybody." Warner made a highly publicised visit to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, but had made it clear he wanted to remain in Arizona, where he was the catalyst of the Cardinals' improbable run to the Super Bowl.

The Cardinals have an offence tailored to Warner's skills with two of the game's top wide receivers in the form of Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. The deal came after Warner lowered his demands on Tuesday. Initially, he had sought to be among the top five paid quarterbacks in the NFL, about $14.5million a year. But on Tuesday, he told Bartelstein to offer Arizona a two-year, $23million deal.

The Cardinals initially had offered two years and $20million. Warner has been with the Cardinals for four seasons but had to win the starting job from Matt Leinart in training camp a year ago. He went on to have a Pro Bowl season that rivaled his league MVP days with the St Louis Rams. He started all 20 games for Arizona last season. In 16 regular-season games, Warner completed 67 per cent of his throws for 4,583 yards and 30 touchdowns, with 14 interceptions.

* AP