So why hasn’t quarterback Kurt Warner re-signed with the Cardinals? The problem possibly traces to the dynamics between Warner and his agent, Mark Bartelstein.
For weeks, Warner has been saying he plans to play for the Cardinals or no one. More importantly, Bartelstein has allowed him to do so.
That’s where the seeds for the current mess were planted. Either Bartelstein didn’t explain to Warner the realities of leverage, or Bartelstein did and Warner failed to understand or heed the advice.
And, of course, Bartelstein didn’t help the situation by declaring prior to the start of free agency that Warner will play in 2009.