Kurt Warner 'Would Have Considered' Return to Cardinals for 2015 NFL Playoffs

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2015

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Kurt Warner #13 of the Arizona Cardinals throws the ball against the Green Bay Packers during the NFL game at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Potential Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner hasn't played a down in the NFL since the 2009 season, but the current NFL Network analyst revealed Thursday that returning for the 2015 playoffs crossed his mind.

According to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, the four-time Pro Bowler mentioned in an interview on The Dan Patrick Show that he would have given serious thought to playing for the Arizona Cardinals had they reached out.    

"There was a scenario where I would have considered it," Warner said. "I don't know what I would have done."

Per Andrew Perloff of The Dan Patrick Show, Warner even discussed the possibility of returning with his family:

The Cards were forced to start third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley with both Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton out injured.

That experiment didn't work out for Arizona as it lost to the Carolina Panthers, 27-16, and Lindley threw for just 82 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

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Although Warner is 43 years of age, one can only assume that he would have been a better option for the Cardinals. He is a two-time AP NFL MVP, he was a Super Bowl champion with the St. Louis Rams and he even led Arizona to the Super Bowl following the 2008 season.

Warner was still a top-flight quarterback at the time of his retirement, and it certainly would have been interesting to see him put on the pads one more time.

Even though it may not have changed the outcome, it would have added a ton of intrigue to what turned out to be one of the sloppiest playoff games in recent memory.

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