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Matt Leinart | Quarterback

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (32) / 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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