LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Kurt Warner said Friday his
requirements for what could be the final phase of his career is to
find a team where he can compete for a starting job and help build
"I really feel like I can play five or six more years at this
point," Warner said Friday during a stopover to visit the Chicago
On Thursday, he met with the Arizona Cardinals and will go to
Detroit on Sunday to check out the Lions.
He plans to weigh his options and said a decision could come
quickly, maybe by the weekend.
"I also want to find myself a home. I don't want to be a guy
that goes in for a year here, a year there and just kind of
survives. I still believe that I have a lot of football left in
me," he said.
Arizona, Detroit and Chicago all have young quarterbacks in
various stages of development and success.
"I think there's a lot of similarities in all three situations
and it comes down to me trying to decipher what's best for me,"
said Warner, a two-time MVP.
Rex Grossman, the Bears' projected starter, was knocked out in
the third game last season with a torn knee ligament and Chicago
went through a series of backups -- Jonathan Quinn, Craig Krenzel
and Chad Hutchinson. Quinn was released last week. Krenzel and
Hutchinson are still on the roster. Grossman is expected to be
ready by training camp.
"I think the idea is, of course, Rex being the starter and
being the guy that they want to succeed, the guy they drafted. He
comes in, I guess in one sense, with a leg up because they want him
to be the guy, there's no question. But at the same time, they want
the best player on the football field," said Warner, who led the
St. Louis Rams to two Super Bowls.
Warner said his ties with Bears head coach Lovie Smith are a
factor. Smith was the Rams' defensive coordinator for a portion of
the time Warner was in St. Louis.
A year ago, Warner said, Smith advised him against considering
the Bears because the situation wasn't right.
Now it has changed with Grossman's injury and a new system in
place after Ron Turner was hired as offensive coordinator,
following the firing of Terry Shea after one season.
"This year presents more of a competitive-type atmosphere than
last year," Warner said.
Warner, who had been bothered by injuries in recent years,
completed 174-of-277 passes for 2,054 yards, six touchdowns and
four interceptions last season with the Giants. He led New York to
a 5-2 start before the team lost its next two games and turned the
starting quarterback job over to top draft pick Eli Manning.
Warner said his agent Mark Bartelstein had already discussed
contract scenarios with the Cardinals.
"The visits are about trying to find what he thinks is the best
place. He's ready to play," Bartelstein said Friday.
Chicago made a quick splash in free agency, signing wide
receiver Muhsin Muhammad to a six-year deal with a $12 million
signing bonus to upgrade the league's worst offense from a year
ago. They subsequently cut former first-round pick David Terrell.