GLENDALE AZ - DECEMBER 05: Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner stands on the field before the NFL game between the St. Louis Rams and the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 5 2010 in Glendale Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Remember when then-former NFL Scout Dave Razzano claimed that some of Kurt Warner's people said that Kurt Warner retired from the Arizona Cardinals after 2009 in part because of money. Kurt Warner himself refuted the account, stating he didn't want to do all the sacrificing it took to play at a high level. In a column for CBSsports.com, Jason LaCanfora brings it up again.
Here is what he wrote:
The Buccaneers and Cardinals also top $130 million in committed cash for this season, with owners in the Glazers and the Bidwills who have been viewed by many as chronic under-spenders most years (and, to their point, had the Bidwills been willing to spend near these levels a few years back, and done the right thing to keep Kurt Warner and give him a contract he couldn't walk away from, the Cardinals would be in much better shape and wouldn't have had to throw money at Kevin Kolb).
Now, to his credit, it never appeared that the Cardinals tried to convince him otherwise with money. It is said that everyone has a price. Perhaps had they offered another $5 million he would have stayed another year. But he might not have, either.
LaCanfora insists the contrary. He tweeted this later
@ricklord8 you don't know much about the situation then my friend. A few upgrades to facilities, Kurt's deal, and he could have been back.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 7, 2012
This seems like old news, but it keeps popping back up. The idea of better facilities has never been brought up before now. The money thing is questionable.
Why does it keep getting brought up? Maybe it had something to do with it.
But even still, if Warner stayed one more year, then after 2010, he retires and Matt Leinart is about to have a huge fifth year salary because of his contract. They might not have thrown the money at Kolb, but they might have given it to Leinart instead. How would that have turned out last year? You just don't want to know the answer.
Any opinions on the topic?
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