Report: Warner passed on chance to get Favre treatment

Not even the Brett Favre treatment could lure Kurt Warner back to the Arizona Cardinals.

You know. No offseason program. No minicamp. Just a porton of training camp.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt was smart. He offered every bit of that to Warner, according to Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports. It couldn’t persuade the quarterback not to announce his retirement last week after a family vacation in Cabo, San Lucas, Mexico, however.

“Basically, coach Whisenhunt told me that if there’s anything you need to make this work, let me know,” Warner told Silver. “He said, ‘I’m willing to adjust anything within reason to have you stay. If you need to take some time off, the whole offseason off, some of training camp, we’ll figure it out.’ A lot of times he would say it in passing, just sort of having some fun with me, but there was some truth in it.”

Warner said he couldn’t bring himself to make such a move. He told Silver he wouldn’t “lower the standard I’d set.”

Whisenhunt apparently had been laying the groundwork for such an agreement with Warner for more than a year. The coach joked about it, knowing one day he would probably have to put the offer on the table for the quarterback. He did and Warner declined.

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