Faneca decides to retire

Posted by Darren Urban on May 10, 2011 – 11:49 am

Kent Somers (and other outlets) is/are reporting that guard Alan Faneca has decided to retire from the NFL, something Faneca said he was heavily considering when we got to the end of the season. Faneca played the final season of his 13-year career with the Cards, after playing for the Steelers and Jets. Had things gone differently, he likely would have ended up in Arizona longer because of his relationship with offensive line coach Russ Grimm, but when he was available back in 2008 the Cards couldn’t make it work while trying to sign Larry Fitzgerald to his new deal. So the Faneca-Grimm reunion had to wait until 2010.

Somers has a statement from Faneca, which says in part that the greatest memory he has from the NFL is the friendships he has made.

The Cardinals would have liked to have Faneca back this season but knew all along he would probably step away. He wasn’t the player that once made nine straight Pro Bowls but Grimm insisted he was still effective. He definitely was a good presence in the locker room, something the Cardinals will miss now that he is moving on to a different part of his life.

Given the current roster, Rex Hadnot would figure to immediately be penciled into Faneca’s left guard role, although offensive line remains unsettled given the expiring contracts of fellow starters Lyle Sendlein and Deuce Lutui and the fact free agency has yet to begin. UPDATE: Faneca went on Sirius radio saying he basically had decided a month ago he was ready to step away, but with the draft coming up, he decided to wait and allow the Cards to take someone if they wanted. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said he had talked extensively to Faneca right after the season (and before the work stoppage) and knew retirement was a very real possibility. Click here to read a full story with Whisenhunt quotes.

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30 Responses to “Faneca decides to retire”

  1. By Phoenixraven1 on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    He had an excellent career!

  2. By Sedona Chris on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    congrats on a long and fruitful career

  3. By NJCardsFan on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats to Faneca. Now what do the Cards do? We are loaded up with some talent at the RB position but we finish ranked in the 30’s in rushing every year. Coach Whiz wants to be more of a “pound it down your throat team” but how can they do that with a “mediocre at best” O-line? When is Grimm gonna be held accountable? Lets go Gentlemen. Pick your game up !!! I hope the Cards have some lineman on their radar.

  4. By John on May 10, 2011 | Reply


    Is bryan robinson the next to make his decision?

  5. By Darren Urban on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    John —

    RE: B-Rob

    You’d have to ask Bryan that.

  6. By BMH on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    good career…last year was tough to watch..with re: to the offensive line..


  7. By MikeG on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Hope all is well! Faneca has had a really fine career and wish him well in retirement. I think Rex Hadnot will get heavy time this year. I think one of the key players we need to bring back is Lyle Sendlein. He has been a good soldier for us the last few years and I think he is the type of guy the Cardinals would want to bring back. Do you think Whiz and Grimm and the Card’s organization will heavily pursue re-signing him????

  8. By Darren Urban on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    MikeG —

    RE: Sendlein

    I do think they want him back, yes.

  9. By Peter in Canada on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Whiz and Graves certainly have a lot to do as the only returning OL starters might be Brown and Keith. Darren, how do the other teams compare with the Cards re the number of unrestricted FA’s? Are we better or worse than average?

  10. By Darren Urban on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Peter —

    RE: UFAs

    Again, we don’t know who will be UFAs right now.

  11. By Cardinal Matt on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Its about time, he was a bum for the Cards!

  12. By MikeFlorio on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Thank God!!!! I hope Porter retires next!!!!!!!!!

  13. By George Cox on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Good player for a long time,it’s time when your still a player…thanks for the times when you were smashin’ them. good luck

  14. By Brian on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Time to open up the checkbook and throw some money at Davin Joseph…

  15. By ross on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Love the mustache.

  16. By KingJM on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Even more of a reason why we need to go out and get some good guards in free agency. That Davin Joseph guy actually sounds pretty good.

  17. By card62 on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    This is good for the Cardinals and good for Faneca. Enjoy your retirement Alan Faneca.

    Our line can only get better. We did not draft so we have to sign free agents or our offense will suffer greatly in 2011.

    Go Cards

  18. By Phoenixraven1 on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    There were a lot of tackles that went undrafted, wonder if there are any we will target.

  19. By Rodgerscromartie17 on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    if they knew was going to retire why did they sign him

  20. By Javi on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Orlando Pace darren??

  21. By Darren Urban on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Javi —

    RE: Pace


  22. By Eazy E on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Hall of Famer definitely and even though our line was inconsistent last year, he was our best linemen last year in my opinion. Mankins sounds awesome and I do like hadnot because of his versatility, so we’ll see what we’ll do in free agency overall, we got needs we need to attack(pun intended)!

  23. By jdcrow59 on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Will not be missed.

  24. By sport245245 on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    The “Duece” needs to get paid.

  25. By Phoenixraven1 on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Pay the Duece!

  26. By OLdude on May 11, 2011 | Reply

    In his prime, he was described (all with the long I pronounciation) – “mobile agile and hostile) Thanks for dropping by Alan good luck to you in the next phase of your life.

  27. By Chuck 1 on May 11, 2011 | Reply

    I was ONE of Faneca’s biggest critics last year (and, during the offseason), I believe justifiably so.
    Our O-Line was a disaster last season and he was ONE of the reasons.
    BUT, he WAS a great Guard prior to leaving Blitzburgh.
    And, he does deserve to be in the HOF.

    NOW, when Free Agency becomes available, sign some O-Linemen, who are in their PRIME!!!

  28. By card62 on May 11, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with Chuck 1 fully and I wonder which team Eazy E was watching last year.

    If Duece comes to camp I say pay the man and if not trade him if he is ours and if he gains free agency let him go. I like Duece and hope he shows up in great shape. What do others think?

    I think we should move Levi Brown to guard and sign 2 new tackles. What do others think?

    Go Cards

  29. By card62 on May 11, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry meant to say when the players show up that if Duece is in shape we should sign him and if he shows up like last year trade him or let him go.

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