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The Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders and New York Giants have had discussions about trading for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart, league sources tell ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

 

Leinart and the Cardinals are tiring of each other and as each day passes, many believe a trade of Leinart, who is unhappy that he's not starting, is more and more likely with roster moves coming this weekend, sources said.

 

And an executive for an unidentified team told ESPN.com's Mike Sando that the Cardinals were calling around, trying to gauge the market for Leinart.

 

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt has decided to start Derek Anderson instead of Leinart in Thursday's preseason finale -- the second straight game Whisenhunt has tabbed Anderson as the starter instead of Leinart, who was widely expected to claim the job following Kurt Warner's retirement.

 

That decision followed a meeting between Leinart and Whisenhunt on Monday afternoon, after the former Heisman Trophy winner told reporters that he had outplayed Anderson in training camp and preseason, and that his problem with his coach "probably goes beyond football."

 

Buffalobills.com said the Bills have not discussed trading for Leinart and will not trade for him. But two sources said the Bills had ongoing discussions this summer with the Cardinals regarding a trade for Leinart. Buffalo is unlikely to make a trade for Leinart because the Bills are uncomfortable about bringing aboard the quarterback's contract, which carries a $2.485 million base salary this season and balloons to $7.36 million next season.

 

As for the Raiders and Giants, at least one member of each organization had a conversation this week, discussing the idea of trading for Leinart. It is unknown how serious each team is about Leinart, but the topic has been broached in the organizations. The point to all this is clear. The Cardinals are willing to deal Leinart.

 

 

Both the Raiders and Giants face injury issues at the position.

 

The Giants have lost veteran backup Jim Sorgi for the season with a shoulder injury, leaving second-year QB Rhett Bomar as the top backup to Eli Manning. Giants coach Tom Coughlin acknowledged Tuesday that the team is looking for a veteran replacement, but only for the right price.

 

"Well, it depends on what the availability and what the cost is," Coughlin said. "I'm not saying we're doing that [bringing in a quarterback], but our people are not caught by surprise by this [sorgi]. Our guys have been working on this for a couple of weeks."

 

Raiders starter Jason Campbell is recovering from a stinger sustained in a preseason game last week and returned to practice Monday. Bruce Gradkowski is currently penciled in as his backup.

 

Leinart did not make himself available to reporters after the Cardinals worked out on Tuesday for the first time at Arizona State University's indoor practice facility. His meeting with the coach came amid widespread speculation that his days with Arizona could be numbered, that the team was looking to trade him or might even release him.

 

Anderson, signed as a free agent after being released by Cleveland, has seen far more playing time than Leinart in the preseason. The former Oregon State quarterback has completed 31 of 53 passes (59 percent) for 287 yards and two touchdowns, with two interceptions.

 

Leinart has completed 83 percent (19 of 23) of his passes, most of them short-range throws, for 161 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions.

 

Unless the Cardinals acquire another quarterback, the team would be left with the unlikely prospect of having two rookies -- John Skelton and Max Hall -- back up Anderson.

 

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5518740

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Giants Trade For Cardinals' Matt Leinart Seems Unlikely

 

The Giants are one of three teams that have spoken with the Cardinals about quarterback Matt Leinart, according to an ESPN report. However, indications are a trade for Leinart in the wake of Jim Sorgi being placed on injured reserve is unlikely.

 

The Giants have certainly explored their options to replace Sorgi or at least provide another backup along with Rhett Bomar. It's likely they've spoken with a few teams, including the Jets about Kellen Clemens, who opted to take a pay cut to remain with the team that drafted him. It also wouldn't be surprising if the Giants held discussions with the Vikings about Sage Rosenfels or with the Dolphins in regard to Tyler Thigpen.

 

But the possibility of adding Leinart behind Eli Manning doesn't sound as if it's close to happening. Leinart is owed over $10 million in base salary alone the next two seasons and the Giants would seemingly be reluctant to part with valuable draft picks.

 

"It depends on what the availability and what the cost is," Giants coach Tom Coughin said Tuesday when asked about adding a veteran. "I’m not saying we’re doing that, but our people are not caught by surprise by this. Our guys have been working on this for a couple of weeks."

 

Saturday, when final cuts are due, could be an interesting day. Stay tuned.

 

http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2010/09/giants_trade_for_cardinals_mat.html

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Picking up a10 million tab and throwing in draft picks for a backup QB - are you kidding? Stick with Bomar

 

The Giants have a few needs, but I don't think a backup QB is on the top of the list. There'll be a half dozen older and experienced QB's cut in the coming weeks that could be had for minimum wage.

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Cardinals Locker Room Buzzes About Possible Leinart Trade To Giants

 

We mentioned in our most recent post that, of the three teams that have been linked to quarterback Matt Leinart, only the Giants have not publicly denied the report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.

 

And there could be a good reason for the silence.

 

We're told that the Cardinals locker room currently is buzzing with a rumor that Leinart will be traded to the Giants. It's unclear whether there's any truth to the rumor, but it is true that the Cardinals' locker room is buzzing with a rumor that Leinart will be traded to the Giants.

 

This is one of those instances where we rely on the audience to understand what we are and aren't reporting. When sharing rumors in this space, we label them as rumors. For now, this is only a rumor. But it's a rampant rumor in the Cardinals' locker room. Whether it comes to fruition remains to be seen.

 

That said, we'd be shocked if the Giants do the deal without getting Leinart to reduce his 2010 and/or 2011 salary. And we'd also be surprised to see Leinart agree to reduce his salary when he can, if he so chooses, dig in his heels and try to force a release, so that he could then pick his next team.

 

Then again, if he truly wants to be a starter, his next team could be in the UFL.

 

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/09/01/cardinals-locker-room-buzzes-about-possible-leinart-trade-to-giants/

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We're told that the Cardinals locker room currently is buzzing with a rumor that Leinart will be traded to the Giants. It's unclear whether there's any truth to the rumor, but it is true that the Cardinals' locker room is buzzing with a rumor that Leinart will be traded to the Giants.

 

I think what this fantastic reporter is trying to say is that the Cardinals locker room is buzzing with a rumor that Leinart will be traded to the Giants.

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I think what this fantastic reporter is trying to say is that the Cardinals locker room is buzzing with a rumor that Leinart will be traded to the Giants.

I was just gonna make a snarky remark about that paragraph. This guy gets paid to write?

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Heard peter King a little earlier on FAN and he said the only way the Giants get him if Cards waive/release him, so he costs nothing AND he gets by all the teams that would have a crack at him before Giants. King figures he'd never get past Seattle. And besides, Cards think he's an immature kid and I'd just as soon have Bomar for half the money.

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One Day? he has been in the league four years. He is not a hard worker and does nothing to try and improve, no film study, no offseason workouts, he thinks hes good just by showing up and he has never had a command of a huddle, I think the one day has long surpassed Matt Leinart, thats why I think no way the Giants sign a guy who refuses to work or backup Eli, and won't give you anything in the game knowledge department.

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One Day? he has been in the league four years. He is not a hard worker and does nothing to try and improve, no film study, no offseason workouts, he thinks hes good just by showing up and he has never had a command of a huddle, I think the one day has long surpassed Matt Leinart, thats why I think no way the Giants sign a guy who refuses to work or backup Eli, and won't give you anything in the game knowledge department.

 

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One Day? he has been in the league four years. He is not a hard worker and does nothing to try and improve, no film study, no offseason workouts, he thinks hes good just by showing up and he has never had a command of a huddle, I think the one day has long surpassed Matt Leinart, thats why I think no way the Giants sign a guy who refuses to work or backup Eli, and won't give you anything in the game knowledge department.

No doubt he's felt like he's entitled, but he's also been sitting behind a possible hall of famer in Kurt Warner, so opportunity hasn't exactly been given to him thus far. He's played a little and not all that well, but there were also people calling for Eli to be released, and there probly would have been teams that would have given up on Eli early in his career.

 

There's something going on with him and his coach, and at 24 or 25 or whatever age he is, coming from the program he did, he probly feels he hasn't been given a fair shake, and that would be correct. Lord knows he's still got some maturing to do, and that will come, especially if he is traded or released and get to a team that has the patience to let him get through his growing pains and teaches him how to work at beuing an NFL QB.

 

Again, I don't want him for the Giants because we have Eli and he IS bitching about being a back-up, or more that he is being demoted after not being given and equal opportunity as Anderson.

 

Just don't be shocked if he ends up having a pretty nice career.

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No doubt he's felt like he's entitled, but he's also been sitting behind a possible hall of famer in Kurt Warner, so opportunity hasn't exactly been given to him thus far. He's played a little and not all that well, but there were also people calling for Eli to be released, and there probly would have been teams that would have given up on Eli early in his career.

 

There's something going on with him and his coach, and at 24 or 25 or whatever age he is, coming from the program he did, he probly feels he hasn't been given a fair shake, and that would be correct. Lord knows he's still got some maturing to do, and that will come, especially if he is traded or released and get to a team that has the patience to let him get through his growing pains and teaches him how to work at beuing an NFL QB.

 

Again, I don't want him for the Giants because we have Eli and he IS bitching about being a back-up, or more that he is being demoted after not being given and equal opportunity as Anderson.

 

Just don't be shocked if he ends up having a pretty nice career.

 

You are right him and Whisenhunt were never friends or a fit for each other, Denny Green is the guy that drafted him and he might off done well in the west coast offense under Green, Whisenhunt come in and completely changed everything, and maybe never did give Leinart a fair shake, Rodgers played three years behind Favre but I seen something in Rodgers that said once he gets a chance he will make the most of it, I don't see that in Leinart yet maybe it will come on a new team where he gets a little angry and goes out to prove something, there are teams that need help at QB, Minnesota might be a good fit for Leinart, Bevell is a great QB guy and can teach Leinart alot while playing one year behind Favre, they are definently not satisfied with Rosenfals and Jackson not now or the near future or probably ever, San Fran, he returns to Cali, behind a good o-line, good wideouts and a good TE with a in your face style coach that might be a good fit, with Alex Smith in a contract year. Thing is he might go start this year with anybody, but in 2011 he could get his chance to prove something.

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Singletary turned around Vernon Davis

 

he's only good with people named davis.

 

look, singletary hasn't done shit but embarass a guy and pull down his pants. otherwise, he's a players coach with no real x/o talent.

 

he's got some talented playmakers and should win the putrid west - and be the 2005 padres of football. if he doesn't, they'll blame alex smith and he'll be on a short leash.

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