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Kurt Warner | Quarterback

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (43) / 6/22/1971
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 214
College: Northern Iowa
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Kurt Warner has denied former Cardinals scout Dave Razzano's claim that he only chose to retire after being "lowballed" by the Cardinals.
"I did NOT retire due to anything money related!" Warner tweeted on Sunday. Warner left $11.5 million on the table by walking away after the 2009 season, and did so just two weeks after the Cardinals were eliminated by the Saints in the playoffs. It was also later reported the Cardinals gave him the "Brett Favre treatment," begging him to return in the weeks leading up to the 2010 season. The Cardinals have a history of being cheap, but the circumstantial evidence suggests it wasn't a factor here. Mon, Jul 11, 2011 12:54:00 PM

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Former NFL scout Dave Razzano says he's been told by Kurt Warner's "people" that Warner wanted to play in 2010, but opted to retire after being "lowballed" by the Cardinals.

If true, it's stunning considering the Cardinals ended up going with human incompletion machine Derek Anderson at quarterback to begin 2010. Seeing as Razzano is willing to say he heard it from Warner's own camp as opposed to a nameless source, it's a pretty credible report. Maybe the Cardinals franchise hasn't actually changed that much after all.
Sat, Jul 9, 2011 06:10:00 PM

Adam Schefter reported on ESPN's Sunday Morning Countdown that multiple Cardinals players gave Kurt Warner the "Brett Favre treatment," calling and texting him to pressure him into coming back over the past month.

When Matt Leinart got benched a couple weeks back, Warner's agent even called to see if he had any interest in re-joining the Cardinals. Warner responded that the only form he was looking to get into was Dancing with the Stars form. He's at peace with his decision to walk away from football.
Sun, Sep 12, 2010 11:28:00 AM

Kurt Warner recently insisted that he's "completely at peace" with retirement and "the itch [to play football] has not come back one bit."

That's about as direct as it gets. Desperate Dynasty leaguers still keeping a roster spot warm for Warner can give up the ghost. He's not coming back. Instead, he's weighing multiple offers to do reality TV shows in addition to the "strong possibility" of a movie based of his life story.
Thu, Jul 22, 2010 05:48:00 PM

Cardinals placed QB Kurt Warner on the reserve/retired list.

The move assures that Warner will not count against the Cardinals' roster limit, and that his salary will be off the books unless he decides to return. While the move does not hinder Warner's ability to come back this year, all signs point to his playing days being over.
Sat, Jul 10, 2010 09:14:00 AM

Kurt Warner disputes rumors that he might be considering a return to playing football this season.

"Sorry, to all of you that may be holding out hope of a return!" Warner wrote on Twitter Wednesday. "I am done and have plenty to do! But, hope to stay involved with football! We'll see." Warner's denial is believable, but the 39-year-old man could probably afford to limit his use of exclamation points.
Wed, May 19, 2010 03:01:00 PM

Profootballtalk.com passes along "some rumblings" that Kurt Warner might consider coming out of retirement.

It's believed that Warner assumed he'd immediately get a broadcasting gig after retiring in late January, but surprisingly no one came calling. PFT admits that the rumor is rooted in speculation, but we've got to think that the Cards would love to have him back. Warner still has a year left on his contract.
Wed, May 19, 2010 12:37:00 PM

Kurt Warner announced his retirement from football Friday, as expected.

Warner's career will go down as one of the most unique in NFL history. He famously went from stocking shelves at a grocery store while playing in the Arena league to becoming one of only two quarterbacks in history to lead two different franchises to the Super Bowl. The two-time NFL MVP escaped a five-year drought in the middle of his career to own the three highest single-game passing totals in Super Bowl history. Though it may not be on the first ballot, the 12-year veteran sharpshooter will end up with a bust and a mustard-colored jacket in Canton, Ohio.
Fri, Jan 29, 2010 03:03:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Kurt Warner has been in contact with the Cardinals and has kept them up-to-date on his plans for Friday's press conference.

Warner is fully expected to announce his retirement from football at the 3:00 p.m. ET press conference Friday. The Cardinals will turn the offense over to Matt Leinart, whose salary increases from $2.5M in 2010 to $7.4M in 2011 with a $5.5M roster bonus. Leinart will have one year to prove he can handle the job for the leading NFC West contender.
Thu, Jan 28, 2010 11:46:00 AM

Despite scheduling a news conference for Friday, Kurt Warner has yet to inform the Cardinals of his future plans.

The Arizona Republic confirms that Warner "is expected" to retire, and it would be even more diva-like than Brett Favre for the 38-year-old to hold a press conference announcing his return. We'll know for sure by week's end.
Wed, Jan 27, 2010 09:18:00 PM

A league source tells CBS Sports' Clark Judge that Kurt Warner won't necessarily declare his retirement at Friday's press conference.

"My understanding," the source said, "is that (Warner) could go in either direction." It's unlikely that the club would call a presser for Warner to declare he's coming back, or simply to "update" Warner's situation. Both ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL.com's Jason La Canfora expect Warner to retire.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Jan 27, 2010 05:19:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Cardinals have scheduled a Friday press conference to address Kurt Warner's future.

According to Schefter, "all signs point" toward Warner hanging 'em up. His retirement would leave Matt Leinart as the Cardinals' only quarterback under contract for 2010; third-stringer Brian St. Pierre is a free agent. Warner, who turns 39 in June, finished the 2009 season with a 66.1 completion rate, 26:14 TD-to-INT ratio, and 3,753 passing yards. He indicated to ESPN's Rick Reilly last week that playing football had lost its fun.
Wed, Jan 27, 2010 01:36:00 PM

Sounding like a player dead-set on retiring, Kurt Warner told ESPN's Rick Reilly that playing football has lost its fun.

"You have a game that isn't that great and people are like, 'What's wrong with Warner?' That wears on you," Warner said. "You don't have the joy and the fun and satisfaction of having one of those great games because everybody expects you to. You never get to exhale." Warner, who turns 39 in June, has been named NFL MVP twice, played in three Super Bowls, and made a strong case for Hall-of-Fame enshrinement. Reilly, for what it's worth, came away from the interview convinced Warner is done.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Jan 20, 2010 12:36:00 PM

The agent for Kurt Warner told ESPN's Adam Schefter that his client will decide on whether to keep playing within 2-3 weeks.

Schefter adds that the same people who informed him Warner planned to retire before the playoffs are still expecting the 38-year-old passer to hang up his cleats. Warner's salary is only $4 million in 2010. He received $19 million last season after signing a severely front-loaded $23 million contract.
Sun, Jan 17, 2010 11:28:00 AM

Kurt Warner said after Saturday's loss to the Saints that he doesn't have a target date for a retirement decision, but it won't be a "long process."

"I have some ideas in my head. But you want to get away from the season a bit," said Warner. Half-time X-rays on his chest were negative, and he only had the wind knocked out of him after a devastating hit by Bobby McCray Saturday. We'd expect a final verdict from Warner within the next couple of months.
Source: NFL.com
Sat, Jan 16, 2010 08:51:00 PM

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