North Jersey Media Group wrote:Kurt Warner will talk to the Giants next week because Kurt Warner can talk to the Giants next week.
Rich Gannon can't: he hasn't received permission from the Oakland Raiders. Brad Johnson can't: he hasn't been given permission by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Vinny Testaverde can't: he hasn't received permission from the Jets.
Warner, 32, however, has been told by the St. Louis Rams that he can test the free agent waters prior to his expected release after June 1. The Giants, looking for a veteran mentor for rookie Eli Manning, are one of the teams Warner's agent, Mark Bartelstein, contacted.
But that doesn't mean he's at the top of the Giants' wish list.
"We're just being diligent in talking to him, he's the only one of the guys we can talk to at this time," general manager Ernie Accorsi said Thursday on the eve of Tom Coughlin's first minicamp as Giants' head coach. Accorsi had hoped Neil O'Donnell would participate in the camp as Manning's future tutor, but when the veteran quarterback decided to retire earlier this week, the search was on for the right man.
Ironically, Kerry Collins - who was released by the Giants - could enlarge the field of candidates by making one of the two starting quarterbacks from Super Bowl XXXVII available. Collins reportedly has an offer from the Raiders, and if he accepts, could push the 38-year-old Gannon off the Oakland roster. The 16-year veteran would become of interest to the Giants.
Gannon, however, might look to rejoin his former coach, Jon Gruden, with the Buccaneers. That could make Johnson, 35, expendable. He, too, would become a factor in the Giants' search.
Testaverde, 40, has been handling the tutoring role for Chad Pennington and the Jets. He will have to decide whether he wants to rejoin his former coach, Bill Parcells, as the mentor for Drew Henson in Dallas or stay in the area and fill the Giants' need. Testaverde, like Warner, will become a post-June 1 cap cut.
"We're going to wait and see who might become available," Accorsi said, apparently not in any hurry to fill what could become a very valuable roster spot.
"We want someone who wants to come in and play, we want him to provide competition. We don't want someone who will just be happy being the backup."
Yet he must also be aware that the Giants eventually - perhaps sooner than later - will be Manning's team, and become instructive rather than destructive when that occurs.
Source: Giants eye Warner as tutor to Eli