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Peter Schaffer
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Peter Schaffer

Agent and professor of sports law

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As I type this commentary on little sleep and too much diet coke, having worked on free agents players and issues well past 3 in the am last night and again at 6 am this morning, the question of which one player can lift a team on his proverbial shoulders to the Lombardi trophy does not have an easy answer. As one of my favorite quotes goes: This team is three players away from a Super Bowl -- pause, drum roll -- Barry Sanders, Deon Sanders and Troy Aikman.

The first question is which players are available. The reality is that most of the players in the league, who can single handedly change the fortunes of a team, and there are not many in this category, are signed to long term deals. Look at Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson, Joe Thomas, Tom Brady etc. Thus the 2009 free agent market is not littered with players who fit the bill in the first place. The next question is whether the team needs a player for a key position. Quarterback, defensive end and left tackle are the types of positions that can have an impact by themselves and there are not a lot of free agents who play them this year.

Taking all of this into account, the one player who fits the bill is Kurt Warner. He would then have to go to a team that is loaded at many positions with a solid defense and strong complimentary players. This narrows the list to two teams. The Vikings and the 'Niners (throw in the Cardinals if they can re-sign him since he has already proven that he can take the team to the big dance).

If Warner were to sign with one of these teams then they might have the chance to win a championship. Short of this one transaction, teams will need to sign a litany of players in free agency and then draft some more to change their fortunes. This is the reality of the NFL, the draft and free agency. Teams realize that the league is the ultimate team sport and it takes 53 men on a roster, 22 starting and 53 contributing to win the Super Bowl. It will be the teams that have the strong roster now who add intelligently in free agency and then draft wisely who will be playing in Miami next February.

By Peter Schaffer  |  February 27, 2009; 4:58 PM ET  | Category:  Arizona Cardinals , Free Agency , Peter Schaffer Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Kurt Warner had a good run at the beginning and end of the season, but let's not forget how this guy struggled for years.

I think he caught lightening in a bottle this year; it's hard to say whether the magic will come back next year.

If you think about it, taking away all emotion, Warner has the most value to... The Arizona Cardinals. And even there, mostly because the team is in the process of massive change, he will add some stability to the team.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | March 2, 2009 7:35 AM

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