Kurt Warner QB ARI Jul 11 '11
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. "I retired because I sacrificed enough for the game and didn't want to do it anymore!" Warner left $11.5 million on the table by walking away, 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 in Warner's retirement.
Kurt Warner QB ARI Jul 09 '112 Comments
Former NFL scout Dave Razzano says he was 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.