Kurt Warner’s time as a Ram is apparently close to being over. The team talked with Warner on Monday and told him that they plan on cutting him for salary cap reasons after June 1. If they cut him before June 1, they’ll take $9.46-million hit on this year’s salary cap, but if they wait they can spread it out over the next two seasons. The Rams have also granted Warner and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, permission to talk with other teams effectively immediately. The team also informed Marc Bulger that he will be their starting quarterback coming into the 2004 season. Warner started the 2003 season as the starter, but lost his job after suffering a concussion in Week 1 against the Giants. Warner threw for 342 yards, but fumbled the ball six times. His tenure in St. Louis began in 1999 when Trent Green hurt his knee and Warner was inserted into the starting role. The Rams went on to win Super Bowl XXXIV. Warner was a two-time MVP in St. Louis.
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