GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 14: Quarterback Matt Leinart #7 of the Arizona Cardinals drops back to pass during preseason NFL game against the Houston Texans at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 14, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Texans 19-16. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Matt Leinart
Shock and awe across Raider Nation Wednesday morning, on the heels of a bombshell ESPN report: Adam Schefter reports that the Oakland Raiders have had discussions about trading for quarterback Matt Leinart.
"The Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders and New York Giants have had discussions about trading for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart," Schefter reports. "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."
As you might have heard, Leinart has been crying like Stewie Griffin in wet Huggies over losing the Cardinals' starting quarterback job. Now the Cardinals have had it with him, and are trying to trade the former No. 10 overall draft pick.
The sticky point is that $2.5 million salary that escalates to a $7 million salary in 2011. That's enormously expensive for a backup who mostly just picks up on girls.
And Al Davis has a knack for swiping and then resurrecting other teams' failed quarterbacks. You may recall Jim Plunkett and Rich Gannon.
You may also recall Aaron Brooks and Daunte Culpepper. It doesn't always work.
Should the Raiders get serious about actually doing this trade, MSNBC speculates that Leinart could be had for a sixth-round draft pick.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who would trade Leinart for the sixth-round pick just so he could throw hot tub parties for the guys on the team.