When he came to the Cardinals, he was expected to the the teams savior at QB. Now he is just looking to play out his contract and ride into the sunset. After losing the starting QB job last season to Matt Leinart, Kurt Warner has slowley come to accept his role as a backup quarterback in the National Football League. Not that as a former MVP this is easy, but for Warner, it’s the best way to go out with his head held high.
“That’s what I want to do, play out this contract,” Warner said. “And I think after that, then it will be one of those situations where we (he and his wife, Brenda) sit down and decide what’s best. What’s the situation? Do the Cardinals want me to stay around longer than that? Does that fit into our plans? Do I really want to go somewhere else, move the family?”
Warner will be 37 years old when his contract is up after the 08 season, meaning a starting job or even a backup job in the NFL might be a stretch. Sure he has shown over the years to bounce back, but his better days are behind him, and those days as the leader of the “Greatest Show on Turf” in St.Louis seem long gone. Nevertheless, Warner still yearns to make sure that he does enough to make the Cards roster the next two years and play out his deal. “My mind-set right now is to definitely play out these next two years,” he stated.
By playing the next two years, Warner will wrap up a three-year, $15 million dollar deal he signed after the 2004 season. Making $4 the next two years as a backup to the young Leinart, Warner may have to be extra special in the eyes of his new coaches to make sure he is not shown the door early.