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Matt Leinart | Quarterback

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/11/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 232
College: USC
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ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Monday the Rams will try out free agent QBs Matt Leinart, David Carr, and John Skelton among others this week.
Per Mort, the Rams are not giving consideration to Vince Young or Tim Tebow, despite past flirtations with the latter and coach Jeff Fisher's history with the former. The Rams are simply in search of a veteran backup to play behind Kellen Clemens at this point. Sam Bradford (ACL tear) is done for the year. Mon, Oct 21, 2013 03:08:00 PM

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Bills released QB Matt Leinart.

This was expected after Leinart spread two interceptions among 10 pass attempts in Buffalo's exhibition finale. He's likely out of NFL chances.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 04:01:00 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo doesn't expect Bills QB Matt Leinart to earn a roster spot.

Leinart was a pathetic 3-of-10 for 11 yards and two picks in Thursday's preseason finale, getting thoroughly out-played by Thaddeus Lewis. It's unclear why Leinart was even signed in the first place. He's failed time and again in the NFL, and should be near the end.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 09:12:00 AM

Bills signed QB Matt Leinart, formerly of the Raiders.

Now 30, Leinart appeared in two games with Oakland last season, completing 16-of-33 throws for 115 yards and an interception. Leinart lacks mobility and starting-caliber arm strength, and is no more than insurance as E.J. Manuel (knee scope) and Kevin Kolb (concussion) nurse injuries. The Bills are still holding out hope Manuel will be able to start in Week 1 against the Patriots.
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 04:57:00 PM

The Jets will work out free agent QBs Matt Leinart and John Beck.

Both Leinart and Beck are scheduled to work out for the Bills on Sunday. If neither signs on with quarterback-needy Buffalo, they'll try out for Gang Green. The Jets need quarterback help after Mark Sanchez left Saturday night's preseason game against the Giants with a right shoulder injury.
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 09:45:00 AM

Free agent QB Matt Leinart will work out for the Bills on Sunday.

The Bills lost both E.J. Manuel and Kevin Kolb to preseason injuries, so Leinart would provide a much needed upgrade over UDFA Jeff Tuel. Former Redskins QB John Beck is also scheduled for a workout next week.
Sat, Aug 24, 2013 09:21:00 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports the Seahawks are expected to decide between free agents Matt Leinart and Brady Quinn following Monday's QB tryout.

Werder tentatively predicts Leinart will get the contract after a workout that also included Tyler Thigpen and Seneca Wallace. Leinart, though, is the least like Russell Wilson without any hint of mobility or athleticism. We would have predicted Thigpen or Wallace getting a deal, but they may have not impressed.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 05:52:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Seahawks will consider free agent Matt Leinart as Russell Wilson's backup.

It's the first we've heard of Leinart since the Raiders decided to move on at backup quarterback, and likely doesn't have a very strong possibility of happening. The Seahawks have also been connected to Tyler Thigpen, who would be a much better fit for their evolving read-option offense. Leinart was passed over by Terrelle Pryor for a Week 17 start, and has time and again failed to make the most of his generous amount of opportunities.
Mon, Apr 1, 2013 12:55:00 PM

Free agent Matt Leinart is not expected back with Oakland in 2013.

Continuing to confirm himself as a top-ten draft bust, Leinart completed just 16-of-33 passes for 115 yards and an interception in two 2012 appearances off the bench. He was passed by mega-project Terrelle Pryor late in the year. Leinart turns 30 in May, and it's fair to wonder if his NFL career has reached its end.
Sat, Jan 26, 2013 01:12:00 AM

Coach Dennis Allen declined to name a Week 17 starter Monday.

Carson Palmer is out with cracked ribs and a bruised lung, leaving Allen to decide between Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor. Even though Leinart has no long-term upside and managed just 115 yards with an interception in relief last week, we're still expecting him to get the nod. Allen hasn't been shy about publicly saying Pryor isn't ready to play quarterback at the NFL level yet -- even in a meaningless Week 17 game for a 4-11 team.
Tue, Dec 25, 2012 10:34:00 AM

Matt Leinart replaced Carson Palmer (ribs) in the first quarter of Week 16 and completed 16-of-32 passes for 115 yards and an interception.

Terrelle Pryor finished with just one pass attempt. Leinart got the nod under center with Palmer out, and was captain checkdown as he's been throughout his underwhelming, third-string caliber NFL career. The Raiders head to San Diego in Week 17. They'll have a very difficult time generating any passing success if Leinart gets the start.
Sun, Dec 23, 2012 04:10:00 PM

According to SI's Peter King, the Texans believed Matt Leinart was "just getting it" before breaking his collarbone last season.

King says Texans coach Gary Kubiak expected to be "offensively explosive" under Leinart after losing Matt Schaub to a Lisfranc fracture, and believed he was "just turning around his disappointing career." Now backing up Carson Palmer in Oakland, King believes Leinart will be "one of the best insurance policies in the NFL" this season. Four days shy of his 29th birthday, Leinart has completed only 350-of-608 passes (57.6%) in 31 career games, posting a 15:20 TD:INT ratio.
Mon, May 7, 2012 09:51:00 AM

Raiders signed QB Matt Leinart.

It's a logical fit. Carson Palmer lacks an established backup, and new offensive boss Gregg Knapp worked with Leinart as Texans QBs coach the past two years. Terrelle Pryor will spend another season in the No. 3 developmental role. Leinart is getting the call over Jim Sorgi, who also worked out for the Raiders.
Tue, May 1, 2012 06:13:00 PM

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie is characterizing free agent Matt Leinart's visit with the team this week as a "workout" only.

The Raiders may simply be doing due diligence by checking out Leinart's rehab from last year's broken collarbone. ESPN's Adam Schefter did report over the weekend that Leinart would "likely" sign with the Raiders. We shall see.
Sun, Apr 29, 2012 05:15:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent Matt Leinart will visit the Raiders this week, and "likely" sign to be Carson Palmer's backup.

It will be Leinart's first known visit since he was released by the Texans last month. The Raiders currently have just Terrelle Pryor and Rhett Bomar behind Palmer. If Leinart indeed signs, he'll be lucky to be getting another backup opportunity after seeing his latest chance end after just 13 throws last season. New Raiders OC Greg Knapp was the Texans QBs coach the past two seasons.
Sat, Apr 28, 2012 09:33:00 AM

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4Dominique Davis
5Tim Tebow
6Josh Portis
7John Skelton
8Vince Young
9Kevin Kolb
10Tyler Thigpen
11David Carr
12Pat White
13John Parker Wilson
14Jerrod Johnson
15Adam Weber
16Nate Enderle
17Nick Stephens
18Ryan Katz
19Colby Cameron
20Kyle Padron
21James Vandenberg
22Mike Hermann
23Nathan Stanley
24Dalton Williams
25Matt Brown
26Caleb TerBush
27Tim Jenkins
28Dayne Crist
29Brett Smith
30Tommy Rees
31Brock Jensen
32Jordan Rodgers
33Alex Carder
34Keith Price
35Kory Faulkner
36Collin Klein
37Rusty Smith
RB1Michael Turner
2Michael Bush
3Brandon Jackson
4D.J. Ware
5Ryan Torain
6Beanie Wells
7Andre Brown
8Jamie Harper
9Chris Rainey
10Terrance Ganaway
11Alvester Alexander
12Zach Brown
13Brandon Saine
14Tim Cornett
15Isaac Redman
16Lance Ball
17D.J. Harper
18Jordan Roberts
19Orwin Smith
20Javarris James
21Darren Evans
22Delone Carter
23Anthony Allen
24Damien Berry
25Richard Murphy
26Phillip Tanner
27Tim Flanders
28Armond Smith
29Stefphon Jefferson
30Deonte Williams
31Bradley Randle
32Quentin Hines
33De'Leon Eskridge
GLB1Michael Turner
2Michael Bush
3Ryan Torain
4Beanie Wells
5Andre Brown
3RB1Michael Bush
2D.J. Ware
3Beanie Wells
4Andre Brown
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2Vonta Leach
3Lawrence Vickers
4Le'Ron McClain
5Jacob Hester
6Chris Pressley
7Brit Miller
8Braden Wilson
9Owen Marecic
10Dorson Boyce
11Owen Schmitt
12Quinn Johnson
13Roosevelt Nix
14James Baker
15Ben Bartholomew
16Alex Debniak
17Ryan Roberson
18Jonathan Amosa
19Rupert Bryan
20Ryan D'Imperio
21Eddie Williams
22Jon Hoese
23Ben Guidugli
24Nate Eachus
25Jourdan Brooks
26Devonte Campbell
27Brock Bolen
WR11Laurent Robinson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Titus Young
4Darius Johnson
5Keenan Davis
6Kevin Hardy
7Lamont Bryant
8Taulib Ikharo
9Terrence Toliver
10Greg Childs
11Devery Henderson
12Ben Obomanu
13Richard Goodman
14Emmanuel Arceneaux
15Johnathan Haggerty
16Jordan White
17Matt Willis
18Lavelle Hawkins
19Brett Swain
20Chaz Schilens
21Charly Martin
22Robby Toma
23Carlin Isles
24Chandler Jones
25Jeremy Kelley
26Sederrick Cunningham
27Zach Rogers
28Marcus Jackson
29Nicholas Johnson
30Roy Roundtree
31Erik Highsmith
32Sam McGuffie
33Tyrone Goard
34Chip Reeves
35Terrell Sinkfield
36Jheranie Boyd
37Eric Rogers
38Rashaad Carter
39Bert Reed
40Brandon Carswell
41Joseph Anderson
42Cole McKenzie
43Jamal Miles
44Rashad Evans
45Quintin Payton
46Demetrius Fields
47Scott Pillar
48Julius Pruitt
49Mardy Gilyard
50Diondre Borel
51Jon Baldwin
52Chastin West
WR21Braylon Edwards
2Davone Bess
3Kerry Meier
4Donald Jones
5Brandon Banks
6Chris Givens
7Raymond Radway
8Darius Hanks
9Aaron Mellette
10Robert Gill
11Steve Breaston
12Earl Bennett
13Mohamed Massaquoi
14Jordan Shipley
15Donte' Stallworth
16Michael Jenkins
17Devin Aromashodu
18Jarett Dillard
19David Ball
20Brandon Collins
21Tray Session
22Dominique Croom
23David Douglas
24Jeff Fuller
25Tim Toone
26Duke Calhoun
27Martel Moore
28Nicholas Edwards
29Perez Ashford
30Rodrick Rumble
31Ronald Johnson
32Roberto Wallace
33Bobby Sewall
34Terrence Austin
35Devin Goda
36Kevin Elliott
37Jared Green
38Michael Calvin
39Taveon Rogers
40Jason Thompson
41Omarius Hines
42Anthony Amos
43R.J. Webb
44Andrew Helmick
45Alex Neutz
46Kelsey Pope
47Jordan Harris
48Andrew DePaola
49James Shaw
50Brandon Kaufman
51Jerry Johnson
52Early Doucet
53Deon Butler
54Patrick Crayton
WR31Jabar Gaffney
2Laurent Robinson
3Davone Bess
TE1Adam Nissley
2Danny Noble
3Randy McMichael
4Leonard Pope
5Tony Scheffler
6David Thomas
7Kevin Boss
8Aaron Hernandez
9D.J. Williams
10Tommy Gallarda
11Michael Egnew
12Sean McGrath
13Andrew Szczerba
14Daniel Graham
15Billy Bajema
16Jamie Childers
17Steve Watson
18Matt Furstenburg
19Ben Cotton
20David Rolf
21Joe Sawyer
22Dan Gronkowski
23Martin Rucker
24Joel Dreessen
25Nelson Rosario
26Hayden Smith
27Konrad Reuland
28Colin Cloherty
29Dominique Curry
30Tom Crabtree
31Brody Eldridge
32Nate Byham
33Dedrick Epps
34Ben Hartsock
35Visanthe Shiancoe
36Jamie McCoy
37Cameron Graham
38Alex Silvestro
39Tim Biere
40Isaiah Stanback
41Richard Quinn
42Jake O'Connell
43Evan Moore
44Evan Landi
45Taylor Cook
46Travis Tannahill
47Chase Clement
48A.C. Leonard
49Joe Don Duncan
50Chase Dixon
51David Wright
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2Garrett Hartley
3Matt Szymanski
4Danny Hrapmann
5Brandon Bogotay
6Havard Rugland
7Austin Signor
8Morgan Lineberry
9Brett Baer
10Brett Maher
11Jose Maltos
12Adam Yates
13Zach Ramirez
14Michael Palardy
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