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Kurt Warner talked to NFL coach about playing in 2018

Kurt Warner during NCAA Tournament Game
Mar 20, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Former NFL player and Northern Iowa Panthers alumnus Kurt Warner celebrates in the first half against the Texas A&M Aggies during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Kurt Warner will be 47 years old when the 2018 NFL season opens up. But despite his age, the Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback was apparently reasonably close to returning to the field.

Warner was in the broadcast booth during Monday’s St. Louis Cardinals game. While there, he shared how close he actually came to coming back.

“I actually talked to a coach. My wife said, ‘go for it, I think it would be great.’ So I actually talked to a coach about possibly doing it if they needed someone. Then they went out and signed somebody. I don’t think they thought I was serious. So, I think we’re completely done now.”

This would definitely be a different comeback than anything we’ve seen in the past.

Warner’s last game came on January 16, 2010, when his Arizona Cardinals lost to the eventual champion New Orleans Saints in the NFC Division round.

For some perspective, LeBron James had not yet taken his talents to South Beach when that happened. Stephen Curry was a rookie. Cam Newton hadn’t yet suited up for Auburn. It’s been a while.

But given the money that some quarterbacks are making now, we can’t blame Warner for giving it some thought.