Report: Matt Leinart trade talks center on Giants, Raiders
Updated at 3:02 p.m.
Someone has to want Matt Leinart, right?
The Arizona Cardinals apparently do not. They're actively shopping his services to other teams, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Among those interested are the New York Giants and the Oakland Raiders
and the Buffalo Bills.
With Kurt Warner dancing off into the sunset and Leinart -- his heir apparent -- struggling, Cardinals Coach Ken Whisenhunt has opted to start Derek Anderson for the second straight game in the preseason finale. Leinart and Whisenhunt had an air-clearing talk Monday and Leinart admitted that the problem "probably goes beyond football." Leinart was not available for comment Tuesday.
"We obviously touched base on where everything was," Whisenhunt said, "which I've always said I wanted. If players have an issue or a problem to come see me. We had communicated before about where we were and obviously we needed to talk a little bit more, but it was a good talk."
Schefter updated his report:
Bills are adamant they are not trading for Matt Leinart, despite discussions they did have this summer with the Cardinals for the QB.
So the Bills' interest already is murky. The Giants would seem to be an odd fit since Eli Manning hasn't missed a game since becoming a starter in 2004 and Leinart wants to start. In Oakland, Jason Campbell suffered a stinger and hurt his wrist, but reportedly will be ready by the opener. The Raiders denied Schefter's report, saying on their website that they "are very happy about their quarterback situation" and saying Schefter "is once again making untrue statements about The Oakland Raiders." Hmmm...sure signs they're interested in Leinart?
September 1, 2010; 8:25 AM ET
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