Yes, Kurt Warner said this week that he had a conversation about playing in the NFL again.
I was actually ready to, for this coming season, I actually talked to a coach and my wife said, ‘Go for it, I think it would be great,’ Warner said Monday during an appearance in the St. Louis Cardinals’ broadcast booth. So I actually talked to a coach about possibly doing it if they needed someone, but then they went out and signed somebody. I don’t think they thought I was serious. So I think we’re completely done now.
Turns out, at least according to Warner, this was more a case of him thinking out loud than making firm plans to come out of retirement eight years after playing in his last NFL game.
While he amassed staggering numbers — Witten’s 1,152 catches rank fourth in NFL history — that will surely send him to the Hall of Fame, Dallas only won two playoff games during his career and never even reached the NFC title game.
So how to put his sterling career in context?
That same weekend Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman, a third-round pick, suffered the same injury as Fowler. His contract remained unchanged.
By playing hardball in negotiations with an injured player, a team — and its rich owner — risks public outcry and potential future distrust and retribution from agents and draft picks.
One year ago, first-round pick Jabrill Peppers, an East Orange native, sat out the first day of Browns minicamp because he did not have a contract.
It led to immediate conjecture that Peppers might be avoiding drug testing because players without signed contracts or rookie participation agreements are not subject to random screenings.
Peppers signed his participation agreement to be on the field for Day 2 of minicamp, but his contract wasn’t finalized until late July, with the threat of a holdout.
Peppers was the first draft pick without a contract to not sign the rookie participation agreement in time for minicamp since Shawne Merriman refused to do so in 2005, according to Pro Football Talk.