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Schefter: Raiders Expected to Ink FA QB Matt Leinart

Free agent quarterback Matt Leinart is expected to sign with the Raiders, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Leinart is scheduled to visit the Raiders next week.

Carson Palmer, who Leinart replaced at USC, is entrenched as the starting quarterback in Oakland with 2011 Supplemental Draft choice Terrelle Pryor and Rhett Bomar backing him up. In addition to being former USC quarterbacks selected in the first round of an NFL Draft, both Palmer and Leinart are represented by David Dunn of Athlete’s First.

Leinart has passed for 3,950 yards with 15 touchdowns and 20 interceptions during his 31-game career with the Arizona Cardinals (2006-09) and Houston Texans, where Leinart spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons under Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. The 28-year-old Leinart replaced and injured Matt Schaub as the Texans’ starter in November and completed 10-of-13 pass attempts for 57 yards and a touchdown before his season ended with a broken collarbone.

The Texans released Leinart on March 12.

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2 Responses to “Schefter: Raiders Expected to Ink FA QB Matt Leinart”

  1. John R. LoRe, Ph.D. says:

    Better than nothing, which is pretty much what we had. Not sure why we gave up a 3rd round selection for Pryor. What are we going to do with him? If matt can keep his notorious party animal behavior out of the locker room, he’s a heady, capable back-up if Carson (God forbid)goes down.

  2. John R. LoRe, Ph.D. says:

    Just heard Reggie say that it is nothing more than bringing him in for a “try-out.”

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