Arizona parts ways with former first-round pick Matt Leinart


Once again entering 2010, Matt Leinart had the chance to be the starting QB for the Arizona Cardinals. Once again he failed, and this time it’s cost him a roster spot.

The 10th overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft out of USC, Leinart was told on Saturday that he would not be on the teams final roster, and will have the chance to look around the league for work elsewhere.

Leinart had started 17 games over the last four seasons, completing 57.1% of his 595 pass attempts for 3,893 yards, with 14 touchdowns and 20 interceptions, compiling a 70.8 passer rating. Most of Leinart’s game action occurred during the 2006 and 2007 seasons before giving way to Kurt Warner.

After two seasons as Warner’s back-up, Leinart was expected to ascend to the starting role this season. The Cardinals pursued competition for Leinart, and signed former Browns quarterback Derek Anderson to a two-year, $7.25 million contract in March.

Anderson was named the starter for the team’s third pre-season game, a decision that Leinart griped about, saying he felt he had outplayed his competition this spring and summer.

The Cardinals were shopping Leinart around the league, and gave Leinart permission to do the same, but no team was willing to take on his contract, which was to pay him $2.45 million this season, and $12.86 million in total compensation in 2011.

With Leinart off the roster, undrafted rookie quarterback Max Hall will be the team’s backup quarterback.


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One Response to “Arizona parts ways with former first-round pick Matt Leinart”

  1. Bill L says:

    I hope Matt finds a fresh start. One cannot listen to Boldin on Matt & Whisenhunt and not conclude this was personal. Just to keep the record straight;
    Matt started all of 2006 for Green.
    Matt started 2007 for Whis until injured
    2008 Warner was mentioned as League MVP
    2009 was Warner playing out the string
    2010 Matt was #1 entering training camp
    2010 Matt was #1 leaving training camp
    When Whis replace Matt with DA;
    DA had 2 INT
    DA was completeing LT 60%
    DA had a 70 QB rating

    Matt had 0 INT
    Matt had GT 80% completion %
    Matt had a QB rating of Over 110

    Matt didn’t take handle it well…or, maybe he did…if he felt he had to get away from Whis.

    Anyone who saw those first 2 preason games will tell you the entire team stunk….and especially the O-Line. Matt’s credentials with that line performance was heroic.

    Hopefully we see Matt with a team where he gets a legit unbiased chance with a coach who wants him to succeed. I would hope Clev. IMO Matt is much better than what they have. Delhomme is 35 and has atmost 2 years….Wallace is nothing but a backup….and McCoy looks to be no better. A west Coast offence looking for an 8-10 year starter could well afford to look at Matt. The alternative and an always available plan B is to hope for Lockhart, Luck, etc…

    Good Luck Matt.