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March 3, 2009
Warner to Cardinals: Take me back

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that Kurt Warner's agent has faxed the Cardinals a new contract proposal - one that is worth less than what the 49ers have offered. According to Somers, Warner and agent Mark Bartelstein are proposing a 2-year, $23 million deal that includes $12 million in guarantees. Warner also has told the Cardinals that he would sacrifice $1 million in each year of the deal if the team re-signed receiver Anquan Boldin to a restructured deal.

The $23 million doesn't seem very far from the $20 million deal the team reportedly offered initially. The initial offer called for $10 million guaranteed. The new proposal asks for $12 million and makes it more difficult for the Cardinals to release Warner in the second year of the contract. I don't know about you, but this doesn't seem like a very big gap, especially for a quarterback who was in the Super Bowl a month ago. The $23 million total also is significantly lower than the $28 million to $32 million Warner was reportedly seeking.

So if the Cardinals accept this offer, how do the 49ers come out looking? Not good. They were effectively used to determine a market value for Warner, and according to Bartelstein, the new proposal is below that value. One of the rationales for hosting Warner was that at the very least it would force the Cardinals to up their offer and would mess with their salary cap. But if, at the end of the day, the Cardinals have Warner under wraps at a salary not dramatically different than the one they were offering, and they also have Boldin on board for the long term, it all seems to work out very well for the Super Bowl runner-ups....

Demetric Evans currently is at team headquarters. He's going through the usual routine for a free-agent visitor: arrive at the facility, quick hello, physical at Stanford, chat with Mike Singletary and Scot McCloughan and - if all of that goes well - a contract offer. Evans played DT tackle for the Redskins but projects as a left defensive end for the 49ers. Of the two players currently penciled in at LDE for the 49ers - Isaac Sopoaga and Kentwan Balmer - Sopoaga is more apt to move back to nose tackle. Last year, however, defensive line coach moved Sopoaga from nose tackle to defensive end and Sopoaga is on record as saying he prefers that position to nose tackle.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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