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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.less than a minute ago via web

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?

By Cindy Boren  |  September 1, 2010; 8:25 AM ET
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I've never liked Whisenhunt & the way he handled the whole leinart situation like a crying baby has been sickening to watch. Just b'cus he wasn't your choice doesn't give this talentless coach the right to treat a young man this way. I really do hope he gets traded so he can salvage his talents that went undeveloped in Arizona. I also can't wait to hear all the allegations that's sure to come out after he leaves. Like, does whisenhunt have a daughter that leinart screwed over?

Posted by: Bottlerockettt | September 1, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

I think Leinart would make a great backup QB...for the UFL's Las Vegas Locomotives.

Posted by: walkdwalk | September 1, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Wow the author of this article is seriously fishing for a story. The fact that he would list the raiders as a possible suitor for Matt Leinart is beyond a stretch, in fact it's not even a remote possibility. The raiders already have two and possibly three qb's that are better than Leinart at this present time. Insinuating they would trade for a qb they passed up 5 years ago and bring him in as a back up shows the armature status of the author. Washington Post should replace whom ever wrote this article, he is just copying his articles from Adam Schefters tweets and making stuff up. People like this author are a joke and a disgrace to real reporters. Quit trying to create stories.

Posted by: tehsideshow | September 1, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Not trying to create anything. It's a report by ESPN.

Posted by: CindyBoren | September 1, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

This is a direct quote from the raiders. "The Raiders denied interest in Leinart on Wednesday, saying in a statement they have never discussed acquiring him and that they are "very happy" about their quarterback situation."

Why does one media outlet just copy another? What happened to fact checking and getting credible sources? ESPN has been widely known to speculate and throw darts in the dark till they hit on something. I apologize for my earlier comments, but I wouldn't circulate ESPN rumors.

Posted by: tehsideshow | September 1, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

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