NFL: Warner sidestepping the retirement rumors
By Sam Farmer
Los Angeles Times
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Retirement rumors are swirling around Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner, who didn’t help quash them when he spent an extra long time on the field after Sunday’s victory over Green Bay. No matter what happens, it was the Cardinals’ last home game of the season.
“Everybody relax,” Warner joked with reporters after being asked if that was something of a last hurrah. “That was my way of saying thanks to the fans because we’re not coming back here this year. I appreciate them.”
Warner, 38, who has battled concussions, said he has not decided whether he will hang up his cleats after this season. He said he’ll make that decision when the Cardinals are done.
“I never want to make an emotional decision,” he said, “and I think that’s easy to do, whether it’s after a game like this to say, ’I’m going to play forever,’ or after a bad game to say, ’I’m done.’
“I don’t want to do that, although there’s no question I will continue to think about it, and I’ve thought about it over the last few years, and again this year, to make the right decision.”
Asked about the possibility of his quarterback retiring, Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald said, “We’re not going there.” He then playfully added: “No, Kurt’s coming back. He’s probably coming back for another four or five years. That’s the rumor around here. We’re going to ride with that.”
If Warner does not retire after this season, it probably will create an interesting situation for backup Matt Leinart. The former University of Southern California star has two more seasons, and in 2011 his salary-cap number balloons to starter money (more than $14 million).