Kurt Warner: I would’ve considered a return to the Cardinals

AP

If the Cardinals had wanted to replace Ryan Lindley with Kurt Warner for their playoff run, Warner was open to it.

Warner, who has hinted before that he was interested in playing for the Cardinals after first-string quarterback Carson Palmer and second-string quarterback Drew Stanton both got hurt, confirmed today that he was open to it if coach Bruce Arians had reached out.

“There was a scenario where I would have considered it,” Warner said on the Dan Patrick Show. “I don’t know what I would have done.”

The 43-year-old Warner said he talked to Arians and G.M. Steve Keim “in passing” but that he doesn’t think they were ever seriously interested in bringing him back. But Warner himself was interested enough that he talked to his wife and kids about it, and they were supportive.

Realistically, it probably couldn’t have happened even if the Cardinals had wanted to do it. Under NFL rules, Warner would have had to pass through waivers before the Cardinals could bring him back, and some other NFC team almost certainly would have put in a waiver claim just to block Warner from the Cardinals. The Panthers, for instance, were ahead of the Cardinals in the waiver order and surely would have blocked Warner from returning. Wouldn’t you rather face Ryan Lindley in a playoff game?

So it was never really close to happening. But Warner was open to it. And it would have been fun to see him give it a shot.

41 responses to “Kurt Warner: I would’ve considered a return to the Cardinals

  1. The Panthers, for instance, were ahead of the Cardinals in the waiver order and surely would have blocked Warner from returning.

    That is as bush league as Jerry paying off the refs!

  2. I’m sure he has the occasional itch to come back, but I’m pretty sure he would have passed once he considered the potential effects of an NFL pass rush on his 43-year-old NFL body that hasn’t seen action in years. Nice thought, but never a serious possibility in my opinion. He’s got a ring, adulation, and millions. Enjoy your life.

  3. The Panthers would have had a motivation to block him from the Cardinals, but a roster spot being given to a player with absolutely no intention to play them and to block them from being able to play is just not what professional football is all about.

    Technically, a team could do that, but I would hope no team would ever resort to that (un)kind of a tactic.

  4. good grief. The panthers would not give up a roster spot to prevent Warner from playing.

    only team that would do that would be the patriots

  5. This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. I have tremendous respect for Kurt but ???. 43 years old and comes in to start a playoff game? Unless he’s like Herschel Walker and works out 12 hours a day he would have got killed out there.

    I hope his wife gave him the OK just because she knew it would never happen. Probably thought he lost his mind and didn’t want to push him over the edge.

    Other than that, I have great respect for the future HOF’er Warner.

  6. Wait how would he have to pass through waivers? He retired from the Cardinals, and was under contract.

    Surely they would still hold his rights.

  7. The guy is 43 years old, hasn’t played in five years, doesn’t know the offense, and probably isn’t working too hard to stay in football shape. To think that he could have done a better job than Ryan Lindley is ridiculous and insulting.

  8. Pretty sure a 43 year old Warner out of football for 5 years would have been more effective than Lindley.

    58 year old Joe Montana would have probably been more effective.

  9. My team has to quarterbacks in the HOF with five Super Bowl wins between them. Warner is the best pure passer I ever saw. Would have been fun to see him play again.

  10. This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. I have tremendous respect for Kurt but ???. 43 years old and comes in to start a playoff game? Unless he’s like Herschel Walker and works out 12 hours a day he would have got killed out there.
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    Ever heard of George Blanda he played QB into his 40s and in the time of smashing a QBs face in every chance you had not in todays “hands off the QB” NFL. Kurt probably could have pulled it off except for his timing with the receivers would have been off.

  11. Kurt Warner was terrific that year they lost the super bowl.. I wish he did come back and Cards won the superbowl..
    That would of been the greatest story in NFL history…
    I would also like to see Rich Gannon come back, I bet he could play for 4 games..
    Gannon and Warner most under rated QBs of all time, Gannon was more under rated though but both guys just sat there on the bench for years because these teams just missed the boat with them

  12. Lindley was woefully ill equipped to win that game. I wish that Warner or even charlie batch or Byron Leftwich who have played under Arians in Pittsburgh and would know his playbook and terminology would have made a comeback to make last week’s game more competitive.

  13. As old and has immobile Kurt Warner was in his last year and still put up good numbers five years off is tough to come back from… But anything would’ve been better than Ryan Lindley

  14. Would have been cool.

    He could have also punted and did better than the schmoe they ran out there.

  15. Too bad he didn’t join the team right after Palmer went down. They would have had a shot at getting him ready, and he sure would have been better than Lindley.

  16. What a Hypocrite you are Kurt Warner when Favre played his last year you were the most vocal critic that it was time to give it up. You and I had a Twitter spat over it. You make yourself look foolish.

  17. Last ditch comeback efforts are painful to watch for fans. Cris Carter, Farve the last time. Stay retired. It would have been nice to think about, but it wasn’t realistic. Just what Warner would have needed – one last injury to remember the NFL by.

    When I was activated to active duty in 2006 after getting off of active duty in ’99 it was tougher, but I was in the reserves those 7 years and it benefitted in restarting my GI Bill. There is no such benefit for Warner. Glad he stayed retired.

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