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Rams might keep Warner

Martz says agent overreacted to discussions

April 22, 2004

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— St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz said Wednesday that Kurt Warner's agent overreacted to a conversation he had with the quarterback, emphasizing there still was a chance the two-time MVP could stay with the team.

Martz characterized his Monday conversation with Warner as a necessary "first step" in the process after he decided to go with Marc Bulger as his quarterback for next season. He said he had promised Warner and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, that he would inform him when he had made a decision.

"It was a very difficult conversation, the hardest one I've ever had with a player," Martz said. "He asked what his future was. I think from that point on it just kind of took on a life of its own."

Bartelstein said Tuesday his client expected to be released after June 1 and added he expected a lot of interest around the NFL in Warner.

Martz blamed himself for not making it clear to Warner that he still could be back. He also said he expected Warner to continue participating in offseason workouts and minicamps.

"I'm afraid in my discussions with Kurt that I got carried away and led him to believe this was it," Martz said.

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