Matt Leinart is available for trade
Matt Leinart has become another example of collegiate success failing to transition to the next level. Regarded as one of the greatest quarterbacks in college football history, after posting a career record of 37-2 at USC, the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner now finds himself being dangled as trade bait.
Arizona has been known for its high powered offense, with most of it supplied by the arm of Kurt Warner. With the future Hall of Famer announcing his retirement in January, the torch was passed to Leinart, but the flame has fizzled out. It was the lefty’s job to lose over the summer, and that’s exactly what he did.
After three preseason games that saw the offense sputter, Leinart was demoted in favor of Derek Anderson, who is now scheduled to start the final exhibition game this weekend. Despite his objection, the situation became worse, with Fox’s Jay Glazer announcing from twitter that Leinart is on the trade block.
Leinart was selected in the first-round of the 2006 NFL draft to be the Cardinals quarterback of the future. The man that selected him, Dennis Green, is gone, and this leaves no ties or obligation between himself and current coach Ken Whisenhunt. It was often said that this was to be the do-or-die training camp for the former Trojan, who is due a $2.5 million base salary this season. Those assumptions were correct, as camp proved to be nothing but slow death for the 27-year old.
According to reports, Arizona has been in contact with several teams, but any action will depend on the Cardinals asking price. Holding little trade value, there is a strong possibility that a suitor may not be found, which may result in his release before the NFL season kickoff.