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By Dan Arkush

No, WWKD is not the desert's hottest new FM radio station. But it is a shortened version of the hottest question in Cardinals Nation: What Will Kurt Do?

Kurt, of course, is Cardinals QB Kurt Warner, who is coming off another very respectable season, which included flashes of flat-out brilliance. But, as was the case after last season, the 38-year-old signalcaller is once again seriously considering retirement.

What's different this time around is the $11.5 million Warner stands to make should he decide to fulfill the final year of the two-year deal he signed last offseason.

"It's been hard to get a read," said one team insider when asked if he knew what route Warner might take. "He said after the loss to the Saints that he was leaning in a certain direction, but he didn't say which."

The consensus seems to be that Warner will make up his mind relatively quickly. "(His decision) shouldn't stretch past mid-February," the insider said. "He seems pretty committed to that kind of time frame."
At this writing, though, still feeling the effects of the vicious hit by Saints DE Bobby McCray that temporarily knocked him out of the playoff loss in New Orleans, Warner was taking a step back from everything,

"I think he's taking a little bit of time to get away from it all and decompress, to get his thoughts together," Warner's Chicago-based agent, Mark Bartelstein, told PFW.

"I think once his mind is clear, he'll make a decision. He doesn't like to drag things along. He will talk a bunch to Brenda (his wife) and evaluate everything. Kurt is an incredibly bright guy, and he knows what's important to him. The one thing is that, whatever decision he makes, he will make sure he weighs all the factors. If he's going to continue playing, he will have to be completely sure in his mind that the Cardinals do everything possible to remain a team good enough to go to the Super Bowl.

"That's a big thing."

Another big thing Warner will no doubt take into account is his physical condition.

"He has said that his body feels better than it has the last 2-3 years," the insider said. "Given protection, he is as good as he's always been.

"He doesn't have great mobility, and his arm might have lost a little zip, but his anticipation, his timing, hasn't slipped one bit."


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