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    Warner says he'll be back in Cardinal uniform in 2007

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    Cardinals' Warner: 'I've got a lot of football left in me'Associated Press


    TEMPE, Ariz. -- Two months after raising the possibility of retirement, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner on Wednesday said he would return in 2007.


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    Although Warner left himself room to change his mind, it was his most definitive statement yet about his plans.


    In October, Warner, 35, acknowledged he had begun to consider retirement after losing the starting job to rookie Matt Leinart. But Warner, who has two years remaining on his contract, said he's looking forward to a 10th NFL season.


    "I've thought about it a lot, and I'm going to come back and play," Warner said. "I want to play. I feel like I've got a lot of football left in me.


    "Not that that can't change when the offseason comes around and me and my family sit down and all of those types of things," Warner said. "But I signed a contract to be here with the Cardinals."


    With Leinart sidelined by a shoulder injury, Warner will start Sunday's regular-season finale at San Diego.


    Though he was stung by his demotion, Warner simply wasn't ready to end one of the more remarkable careers in NFL history. Warner, who was not drafted coming out of Northern Iowa, went from the Arena Football League and NFL Europe to lead St. Louis to two Super Bowls. A two-time league MVP, Warner entered this season with the second-highest quarterback rating in NFL history, behind only Steve Young.


    "I feel like I've got a lot of football left in me and I'm supposed to continue to play," Warner said. "And so that's what I go into offseason thinking, is that I'll be back here in a Cardinal uniform next year."


    Warner's future seemed secure when he signed a three-year contract with the Cardinals in February worth between $15 million and $22 million. But the club's plans changed when Leinart unexpectedly fell to them in the 10th slot of the draft.


    Suddenly, Warner was merely holding the job until Leinart was ready. And while the Cardinals hoped that Leinart would not have to take a snap this year, their plans quickly changed.


    Warner opened the year in grand fashion, earning NFC offensive player of the week honors after completing 23 of 37 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-27 victory over San Francisco.


    But Warner's season soon soured. In a 16-14 home loss to St. Louis two weeks later, Warner was booed off the field after throwing three interceptions and fumbling a snap at the St. Louis 18 with 1:41 remaining.


    Green benched Warner after the Cardinals fell to 1-3, and Warner did not throw another pass until last week, when he relieved the injured Leinart and helped lead the Cardinals to a 26-20 victory at San Francisco.


    Since his glory days with the Rams, Warner has lost starting jobs to Marc Bulger in St. Louis, Eli Manning with the New York Giants and now Leinart.


    Although he wasn't happy to be benched in Arizona, Warner did not become a distraction to the team. On Wednesday, he took a philosophical view of what had been a personally disappointing season.


    "You know, it's been OK," said Warner, who has completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 1,021 yards with five touchdowns and five interceptions. "As much as you want to play, the hardest thing for me is actually Wednesday through Saturday, when you come out here and you don't really get a chance to compete, and that's what I love so much is competing. Sundays, you can deal with it because you get into the game, and I do what I can to help Matt, helping the coaches. That's not near as bad as the rest of the week."


    The team's improvement down the stretch -- Arizona has won four of six after a 1-8 start -- made the year more bearable.


    "All things considered, I've really enjoyed the year, obviously dealing with the disappointments and stuff mixed in there," Warner said. "But outside of that, it's been good."


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    Re: Warner says he'll be back in Cardinal uniform in 2007

    Well at least now we don't have to guess where he will end up. I hope he has a great game on Sunday and can do more of the same next year.

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    Re: Warner says he'll be back in Cardinal uniform in 2007

    I always wish for the best for Kurt Warner except for when he has an effect on the fortunes of the Rams.
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    Re: Warner says he'll be back in Cardinal uniform in 2007

    Actually, Warner was helping the Rams out by beating SF last weekend.

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    Re: Warner says he'll be back in Cardinal uniform in 2007

    Quote Originally Posted by moklerman View Post
    Actually, Warner was helping the Rams out by beating SF last weekend.
    Plus he fumbled that first game against us away. Warner has helped us a lot this season.

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    Re: Warner says he'll be back in Cardinal uniform in 2007

    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaRam View Post
    I always wish for the best for Kurt Warner except for when he has an effect on the fortunes of the Rams.
    Ditto.

    I hope KW gets a chance to play next season.

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    Re: Warner says he'll be back in Cardinal uniform in 2007

    Plus he fumbled that first game against us away. Warner has helped us a lot this season.
    Imagine the backlash the Bulger critics would have dished out because of that game? Not that Warner intentionally did it, but does anyone even remember or mention that Bulger, for all intents and purposes, fumbled that game away as well? Warner's still got some piper payments to make so his bad mojo is much more powerfull than most others'. As much good that's happened to him has there ever been a guy to have so many bad things happen?

    Conversely, I think Bulger is one blessed mofo.

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    Re: Warner says he'll be back in Cardinal uniform in 2007

    Actually, he hasn't confirmed he'll play for the Cards. If some team (like the Lions) offer him a starting job, he may take it. The #1 thing he has said is that he doesn't want to keep moving his family, and that they all love it in AZ.

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    Re: Warner says he'll be back in Cardinal uniform in 2007

    Warner played a solid game today against the Chargers and almost pulled off an upset.

    He went 22/32 for 356 yards, 1 TD, no INTs, and a passer rating of 116.1. Not a bad day at the office.

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