Kurt Warner left $11.5 million on the table when he retired with one year on his contract.
The money -- envision $31,506.85 per day for a calendar year -- didn't mean enough to Warner for the quarterback to play in 2010.
Other players need their salaries enough to give NFL owners the decisive edge in the ongoing labor dispute. That was the word from Warner, now an NFL Network analyst, in comments published Friday by USA Today.
"As much as I hate to say it, at some point, the players have to give in," Warner said. "Hopefully, they can gain some other things on their side. But ultimately, they have too much to lose."
More from Warner: "When push comes to shove, and you've got a few years left in your career or you've got one year left, or if the lockout continues (and) you have to retire, those things put a lot of pressure on players. Because owners will be owners 10 years from now. But players won't be players 10 years from now for the most part."
Warner previously said the players had a "great deal" and would realize things had "gotten out of control to some degree and so we’re willing to even the scales on those things."
This helps explain why owners want to drag out the lockout. They're banking on players to cave eventually.