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Warner Denies Retirement Was Financially Motivated

On Saturday, Dave Razzano, a veteran scout who has worked for the Cardinals, Rams, and 49ers, wrote on Twitter that former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner’s decision to retire from professional football following the 2009 season came after being low-balled by the Cardinals.

“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 fan”, Razzano wrote.

One problem with that report is that Warner was under contract for the 2010 season, and was due a $4 million salary in the second season of a two-year, $23 million extension that included $19 million in guarantees.

Warner, who signed with the Cardinals after passing up an offer from the 49ers, took to his Twitter account on Sunday to deny the report.

“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!”, Warner wrote.

The two-time NFL Most Valuable Player transitioned to a career in broadcasting in 2010, working as an analyst for FOX and the NFL Network.

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