NFL legend Kurt Warner says a team asked him to come in for a workout
Here’s a fun game: how well would Kurt Warner do if he became a team’s starting quarterback today?
It’s a fun hypothetical, but one team apparently tried to make it a reality. According to a tweet from Warner himself, the 43-year-old was approached by an NFL team at Florida State’s pro day about coming in for a workout.
Despite the date on the tweet, that was not an April Fool’s joke, as Warner himself confirmed. This is a real thing that really happened. An NFL team is hoping to recapture the magic of 1999 by signing the likely Hall of Famer, six years after his last game of football.
Just to recap: Kurt Warner is 43, and will turn 44 in June. He last played football in 2009. And yet one team wants to see what he has left in the tank.
Warner was a great quarterback in his day, and his 1999 season remains one for the ages. But it’s not a great idea in the NFL to count on players who had great seasons in 1999. (Except Peyton Manning, who is apparently immortal or something).
It’s like playing the franchise mode in Madden, finding out your team doesn’t have a quarterback, and just going into the player creation mode and creating an NFL legend and signing him. Except a real NFL team is actually trying to do that.
Sure, it sounds crazy. That is, until you remember that real NFL teams are counting on Josh McCown, EJ Manuel, and Zach Mettenberger to be their starting quarterbacks. Wouldn’t Warner, even at 43, be better than any of those guys?
In fact, maybe he’s not the only retired quarterback teams should be approaching right now. Does anyone know what Marc Bulger’s up to right now? What about Donovan McNabb? Chad Pennington? NFL teams could make it 2005 again, and they wouldn’t even have to use science or magic.
Also, we should probably put odds on which team it was that actually approached Warner (he never revealed specifics). I’d have the Browns at even money, with the Raiders not far behind, but it also sounds like a very Jets move. Remember when they kept bringing back Vinny Testaverde every year as he aged into his mid-40s?
Actually, scratch those odds. It was totally the Jets.
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