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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Thursday, May 26, 2005

Chang in battle for No. 4 QB for Cardinals

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Advertiser Staff and News Services

Former University of Hawai'i quarterback Tim Chang is battling to be No. 4.

Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green yesterday named his top three quarterbacks — newly signed Kurt Warner is the starter, former starter Josh McCown is No. 2, and 2004 draftee John Navarre is No. 3.

That leaves Chang, the NCAA's record holder for career passing yards who signed a free-agent contract with the Cardinals after being bypassed in April's seven-round NFL draft, probably battling for a practice squad spot with Chris Lewis, a former Stanford quarterback.

Chang practiced with the team during yesterday's mini-camp in Tempe, Ariz.

Warner, 33, was expected to be the starter after signing a one-year, $4 million contract with the team in early March. McCown, who is entering his fourth NFL season, signed a $1.4 million tender offer three weeks after Warner was signed. Navarre was drafted in the seventh round two seasons ago.

Warner, the NFL Most Valuable Player in 1999 and 2001, led the St. Louis Rams to the Super Bowl after each of those seasons.