Kurt Warner may get to play quite awhile longer. The 36-year-old quarterback, who is coming off a solid season in replacing the injured Matt Leinart, could be in position to sign a two-year contract extension.
“We’ve talked about it conceptually,” Warner’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said of his talks with the Cardinals. But first, “We’re going to let a week of free agency go by and settle down.”
Warner has one year left on his contract at $4 million ($5 million on the salary cap).
He’d already suggested he’d like to play two more additional seasons, and — though he wants to start — has indicated he’d accept a backup role to Leinart.
Warner made $1 million in incentive bonuses last season and narrowly missed on another for an additional $500,000.
“He’s having a wonderful time,” Bartelstein said. In addition, “He thinks the team is headed in the right direction. He enjoys the coaching staff.”
EXTRA POINTS: The Cardinals are expected to try to work out a new contract for defensive end Joe Tafoya, Bartelstein said. Tafoya filled in nicely when Bertrand Berry was hurt last season. Tafoya is looking for a two-year deal, Bartelstein indicated. ...
The Cardinals have signed free agent Dirk Johnson to a one-year contract. Johnson is a six-year NFL veteran who punted for four seasons for Philadelphia. He had a career-high 42.6-yard average in 2006 and a career-high 38.4-yard net average in 2005 with the Eagles. Also, tight end Troy Bienemann has signed his exclusive rights offer from the Cardinals. Bienemann played last season for the team.