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Kurt Warner says he didn’t retire due to cheap Cardinals

Kurt Warner retired from the NFL less than two weeks after he and the Cardinals were eliminated by the New Orleans Saints in the 2010 NFL Playoffs.

It was largely believed he hung up his cleats because, after 12 NFL seasons, the 38-year-old wanted to spend more time with his family.

At least, those were the reasons he gave. That was all well and good (except for, you know, actually having to replace him on the field), until this tweet was fired off by a former Cardinals scout.

K Warner’s people told me he wanted to continue playing but decided to retire after being lowballed. Look at team now. I’m pissed if a fanless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Lowballed? Warner had signed a two-year contract the previous season, ultimately leaving $11.5 million on the table when he called it quits. How much more did he expect to make?

Maybe nothing more.

2set record straight: I did NOT retire due 2 anything $$$ related! I retired bec I sacrificed enuf 4 the game & didn’t want 2 do it anymore!less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

So, the battle of tweets has commenced. Who is going to win, the possibly bitter former scout or the QB who led the Cards to unprecedented success?

Yeah, that’s not even a fair fight.

The point is it’s hard to believe Warner retired due to financial reasons simply because he was not being underpaid by any stretch of the imagination. Would he have stayed if the Cardinals gave him a contract similar to the one the Vikings gave Brett Favre? Perhaps.

But it’s hard to see Warner, who is a class guy both on and off the field, leaving the game he loved over a few million dollars. Rather, it’s likely that he walked away because he still could, like he tweeted.