Warner knew early in visit he had to return to Cardinals

With an uneasy smile on his face, Kurt Warner mouthed the words, “I’m not talking” from behind a rolled-up car window during his free-agent visit to the 49ers on Monday.

At that point, Warner was returning from a physical at Stanford. Apparently, he had already made up his mind he would return to the Cardinals.


Today, Warner was talking – as he discussed during his press conference why he turned down more money from the 49ers to sign a two-year, $23 million deal to remain with the Cardinals.


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Here were some of the highlights from Warner’s press conference:


“As I was flying back, I told Mark (Bartelstein, agent), ‘This is what I want to do. This is where I stand. This (Arizona) is where I want to be.’ It (the trip to the 49ers) was more about finding the right place for me. Then once I made sure it was here, it was ‘Let’s get this thing done and do what we have to do.’


“As you guys know, our faith is the most important thing, so we went into it with the idea, ‘Where does God want us? That’s where we’re going to be.’ No matter what the money is or the situation, that’s where we want to be. Very early in the process in San Francisco, as many good things that are out there and what they’re building and coach (Mike) Singletary – I had a great time with him and I like what they’re building — I just knew very quickly, this (Arizona) is where I was supposed to be.


“I told my wife probably 45 minutes into it that I just felt God say, ‘You’re supposed to be in Arizona.’ And I told her that. She tried to tell me to stay open (minded) but He just continued to confirm it and that’s why on the way back, I called Mark and said, ‘Hey, let’s get this thing done.’ “


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When asked when exactly he had the feeling about returning to Arizona, he said it was when he was talking to Singletary, who was telling him the kind of team he wanted to build with the 49ers. Warner said it reminded him of things Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt says.


“It was at that moment, however way you put it, I felt God say to me, ‘Coach (Whisenhunt) is doing what he needs to do here,’ and God was basically telling me that’s what I want you to continue to do in Arizona, try and impact that organization the same way coach Singletary was talking about impacting the 49ers,” Warner said. “That’s what I want to do, impact this organization way beyond the football field.”


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Warner also said the 49ers did make an offer, and he reluctantly admitted he accepted less money to stay in Arizona.


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