Warner retired after the 2009 season after spending five seasons with Arizona. He is now an analyst for NFL Network. Warner said he talked about the possibility of returning with his family but the Cardinals never reached out to him.
"I considered it," Warner said. "Had they truly reached out...I don't know what I would have done."
The Cardinals were looking for stability at quarterback after Carson Palmer was lost for the season after tearing the anterior cruicate ligament in his left knee during a Week 10 victory over the St. Louis Rams.
Arizona started Drew Stanton at quarterback before he hurt his knee four weeks later in a rematch with the Rams. Ryan Lindley started the team's final three games, all losses, including their season-ending 27-16 defeat to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Wild Card round last weekend.
Warner, 43, is a two-time NFL MVP who threw for 32,344 yards with 208 touchdowns and 128 interceptions in 12 seasons with the St. Louis Rams, New York Giants and Cardinals. He led the Rams to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV, where he was named the game’s MVP.
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