Peyton Manning Rumors: Why Kurt Warner Is Against Peyton Manning to Arizona

Cooper AllenAnalyst IIMarch 13, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 27:  (L-R) Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts shakes hands with Kurt Warner #13 of the Arizona Cardinals after the Colts defeated the Cardinals 31-10 during the game at University of Phoenix Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Former Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams signal-caller Kurt Warner has turned his career over to the NFL Network and as the “Peyton to Arizona” campaign continues, he may soon start to regret it.

There is no doubt that Warner will go down as one of the greatest players to ever put on a Cardinals uniform and as of right now, the best quarterback in franchise history.

After a 2004 season that saw Warner get replaced by then-rookie first overall pick Eli Manning, he joined Arizona in 2005 as the presumed back-up to Matt Leinart after being written off by pretty much everybody.

It took Warner until 2007 to finally find his form after two injury-riddled seasons in '05 and '06.

In the final three seasons of his career, the former Iowa Barnstormer threw for almost 12,000 yards with quarterback ratings of 89.8, 96.9 and 93.2 respectively, while leading the team to two division titles and their first ever Super Bowl appearance.

Over those three years, Warner established himself as the best quarterback in Arizona Cardinals history and was a fan favorite – big emphasis on “was."

No. 13 lost plenty of fans when he retired from professional football following a game against the New Orleans Saints where he suffered a concussion from a cheap shot. He still had one year left on his contract.

Many people, myself included, realized that it was his time to retire and respected his decision.

Warner has now lost additional fans as a member of the NFL Network saying some things about Arizona that some fans may disagree with.

With that being said, the Cardinals have finished with a combined record of 13-24 over the past two seasons and as an unbiased analyst, there really is no room to pat this team on the back. There are still some people, myself included, who recognize this.

Fast forward to 2012 – just two seasons after Kurt Warner has retired – legendary quarterback Peyton Manning is released by the Indianapolis Colts with the strong possibility that he could wind up signing with the Arizona Cardinals.

What does Kurt Warner do? Well, all of the sudden he starts becoming more vocal about Peyton Manning and the Arizona Cardinals.

After weeks of bashing the Cardinals and coming up with excuses as to why Manning should not go there, Arizona fans got fed up and took to his Twitter and facebook accounts to ask a few questions.

Despite being provided with statistical information as to why the Cardinals are a good fit for someone like Manning, Warner went right into defense mode and has been replying to tweets with a “poor me” attitude.

Judging from the tweets, facebook posts, text messages and NFL Network interviews that I have seen over past several weeks from Warner regarding Peyton Manning, there is one conclusion to come to.

That conclusion is that Kurt Warner is scared; scared of being the second best. Scared that just two years after establishing himself as one of the best players to ever put on a Cardinals uniform, he will become an afterthought and that he would be the second best quarterback to play in Arizona, behind Peyton.

That, my friends, is why Kurt Warner does not want to see Peyton Manning sign with Arizona and that is why Kurt Warner will continue to bash the Cardinals until they win a Super Bowl.