Kurt Warner adds more details regarding his potential comeback

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Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner turns 47 next month. And he recently made clear his potential interest in returning to play, more than eight years after he retired.

“I was actually ready to, for this coming season, I actually talked to a coach and my wife said, ‘Go for it, I think it would be great,’” Warner recently said during a St. Louis Cardinals broadcast. “So I actually talked to a coach about possibly doing it if they needed someone, but then they went out and signed somebody. I don’t think they thought I was serious. So I think we’re completely done now.”

Beyond shouting down the reaction to the news that Warner was actually planning to come out of retirement on the wrong side of 45 as the product of a “REALLY slow news day,” Warner added more details on Twitter in the aftermath of the splash the story created.

“I simply mentioned that I had thrown a text to a coaching friend — saying 1 think I could give him one more yr if he needed me!” Warner said. “This was not — I’m dead set on making a comeback… just friends having a convo!!”

That last tweet may have given more away than Warner had intended. One of his best coaching friends is Ken Whisenhunt, who currently coordinates the offense of the L.A. Chargers. The Chargers signed Geno Smith on April 3, which would mesh with his original comment that the conversation ended when the unnamed team “went out and signed somebody.”

Even though Warner said that he thinks he’s “completely done now,” he’s done enough to get his name into circulation, in the event a team ends up having enough injuries to result in making calls to available free agents. Any team in that predicament can offer a spot to any available inexperienced slappy, or it can tell Kurt to take off his gold jacket and grab a helmet.

Who knows? It could be the final move that makes the “possible” movie on the story of his life into a reality. 20th Century FOX bought the film rights nearly five years ago, but there’s been no indication since then of any progress toward actually making the movie. If Warner can cap the progression from rejected Iowa recruit to NFL camp arm to grocery bagger to AFL star to NFL Europe to out-of-nowhere league and Super Bowl MVP to discarded veteran in St. Louis to placeholder for Eli Manning to late-career star in Arizona to retirement to TV to Canton to a return to the game in the short shadows of 50, the script will write itself.

62 responses to “Kurt Warner adds more details regarding his potential comeback

  1. To figure out Kaep’s value, you have to figure on field talent minus PR baggage. Smith has zero PR baggage.

    Plus, Kaep isn’t very good outside of an Option QB system and very few teams run that.

  2. Look we are talking about Kurt warner,,,and that’s what he wants,,,,id rather talk about curt Warner the rb,

  3. One question, Why? Kurt has a cushy studio job and has been out of the game for 8 years and is already in the Hof. Not to mention, he had an incredible comeback story to begin with, he’s already won.

  4. I would take 47 year old grocery bagger Kurt Warner over Baker Mayfield right now.

  5. “Smith has zero PR baggage”
    _________

    Either you’re talking about Alex Smith or Geno’s Wonderland score…b/c I’m absolutely positive that getting punched out by a teammate who is a practice squad LB is not great for one’s PR rep. Derrrrrp..smh. Any excuse for you Trumpsters to bag on Kaep, amirite?!?! Article wasn’t a single word aboit that man, but his name (and other things) is all in your mouth. Strange. Get a life, seriously.

  6. Bro’s! What MAN Doesnt think that he still has it! NEVER TELL ME IM NOT OR I CAN NOT!
    We are Men. MEN bro’s. You Only Live ONCE. You Only Die ONCE! KEEP LIVING!!!!!!!!!

  7. Geno Smith is a better quarterback than Kap. LOL

    Ok we buried him for kneeling, check. That statement should be out of bounds there.

  8. I didn’t think he would ever get over that Bobby Mccray hit in the playoffs. Guess it took 8 years.

  9. I love that “short shadows of fifty” phrase. Literary, poetic, and very well done! Thanks.

  10. Darn, I was looking forward to one more season of the tv camera panning 10x a game to Brenda Warner

  11. Heck! With the insane amounts of money a mediocre qb makes, I don’t blame Kurt for considering it.

  12. Pat Vonzidkow says:
    May 9, 2018 at 8:27 pm
    I didn’t realize you could play again after reaching the Hall of Fame???
    —————————-
    It’s happened in the NHL. Gordie Howe, Guy Lafleur, and Mario Lemieux.

    Jim Palmer once attempted a comeback in MLB, but had no velocity and little command.

  13. superfanentertainment says:
    May 9, 2018 at 9:14 pm
    Remember the pool scene in Old School where everything slows down? “You’re crazy. I like you, Kurt. But you’re crazy”.

    Hahahahah best comment I think I’ve ever read on pft

    Thanks bro

  14. I would take one or two years of Kurt Warner on the Dolphins for sure, but he cant wear #13. Sorry Ryan. It is what it is.

  15. Just curious, does anyone happen know if there is any precedent for such a comeback? Has there ever been any other player who strapped on a helmet in an actual game after already being inducted to the HOF?

  16. What about the NYJ & Todd Bowles? Wasn’t he the AZ DEF Coordinator while Warner was there? Warner mentioned being a “bridge”….then NYJ signed McCown again then Bridgewater.

    Anyone? Yes?

  17. On behalf of all of those older guys who got pushed aside by an arbitrary age policy and not by merit or by their job performances, GO FOR IT, KURT!!!

  18. Despite disagreeing strongly with Warner’s religious proselytizing, I found him endlessly entertaining on the football field. He manages to be nearly as entertaining in his post-playing career. Honestly, any news item involving Kurt Warner makes me smile.

  19. I think he woulda done better than Brett Hundley last year. Plus what better way to end the movie then him triumphantly returning to the team that cut him in 1994?

    The problem is no GM in the league has the b@lls to do this, much less admit that a 47 year old is better than what they’ve already got on their roster. Too much pride and arrogance going around. If no one is going to sign a 33 year old HOF RB, then no one is going to sign him..

    But there’s not a doubt in my mind that if anyone could do it, it’s Kurt Warner…

  20. Please Kurt, do it, and end this nonsense once and for all. C’mon man, I promise to send flowers. You’ll be up and around after all the fractures heal. Amazing how love can blind folks. We all know the reason so many are hoping for this to happen. The faint hope that someone, anyone can take some of the glow away from TB12.

  21. Favre ver 2.0
    Warner stop it, move on already.
    All of these old retread QBs inhibit the growth/development of young QBs.
    You made your money, move on for Christ’s sake.

  22. My guess would be Todd Hayley and The Browns. Haley is the one with the new gig and was looking for a QB.

    Then they acquired Tyrod Taylor and that was that.

    I don’t think Kurt would come back to back up Philip Rivers.

  23. Hey he knows he is better than 1/2 of the quarterbacks that play, so why not. I hope a coach or gm calls him.

  24. Your starting to get annoying Warner. Need attention much? First the hate cause Witten got the ESPN job now this. Just state the rumors are false and move on don’t feed the fire. You would get crushed if you tried to play again.

  25. It is revealing that after all of these years have past since his retirement, Warner still considers Whisenhunt to believe in hia abilities as a QB. When Whisenhunt became the Cards head coach with Warner already on the roster (he was a Denny Green signee), Whisenhunt declare that Cards would run 75% of the time and pass 25% the rest (new Cards HC Wilks just predicted the same). With the support of OC Todd Haley, Warner defied Whisenhunt’s offensive game plans by calling the passing plays he wanted (including new plays Warner would make up each week for the next opponent) that he could execute. In the face of Warner’s success, Whisenhunt relented, but took full credit while never publicly giving Warner full credit.
    So, it is no surprise that Warner’s offer to return to playing was rejected by Whisenhunt.

  26. If I had a young QB situation and I wanted to have a guy show them how to practice, lead, break down film but never play (inactive every week) I could see value in adding Kurt. If I were running the Bills or Bears I’d be all in.

  27. Warner was going to come back to be a backup? Pretty sure you’re looking at the wrong team

  28. Warner could again make Ken Whisenhunt look like he knows how to run an offense.

  29. It would NOT have been the Chargers. He said on local sports radio that he wouldn’t have come back for a backup job, because being a backup wouldn’t be worth it. He’d only come back as a one-year starter while they groomed someone else. So it has to be a team that signed a starting QB this offseason, which probably means the Cardinals (where he still lives, has strong ties with, and signed Bradford as a short term QB) or the Browns (with Todd Haley and who signed Taylor as a short term QB).

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