Cardinals' Faneca Mulls Retirement

Alan Faneca, a nine-time Pro Bowler, could hang it up following the 2010 season.

Guard Alan Faneca will seriously consider retirement for the first time this offseason.

Faneca, who completed his 13th season, turned 34 in early December but played well for the Cardinals.

He has admitted he's not as good a player as he was in his prime, but Faneca was solid in both pass protection and run blocking this year.

"It can always be better, but I think I've done well," Faneca said.

The Cardinals sound as if they would like Faneca back. The club isn't deep in young offensive linemen, and Faneca has provided a steadying influence in the locker room.

"I think there were a lot of judgments about Alan early, based on individual drills that you saw in training camp," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "If you look at his season as a whole, I think he did a good job for us this year. If you can get a lot of players like Alan Faneca on your team, you're going to win some ball games."

Faneca was cut by the Jets last spring and quickly signed with the Cardinals, where he was reunited with Whisenhunt and line coach Russ Grimm, who were assistants in Pittsburgh when Faneca was there.

Faneca said he will discuss the issue with his wife in the coming weeks, but that she has always taken the stance that the decision is his. But Faneca knows he's nearing the end and has tried to enjoy this season as much as possible.

"You know you are getting closer to the end than you are to the beginning," Faneca said. "So you just appreciate the moment and treat it as if it is the last time. I've seen guys that haven't known (it was ending)."

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