The Raiders have announced they have inked former Cardinals and Texans quarterback Matt Leinart.
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.
Given his experience with Knapp, Leinart figures to have the inside track over Terrelle Pryor and Rhett Bomar for the No. 2 job behind Carson Palmer. 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.
Free agent quarterback Jim Sorgi also worked out for the Raiders on Tuesday.