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Leinart needs to worry about being cut, not traded

NFL_leinart1.jpgSo with Matt Leinart once again on the verge of losing the starting job that he was supposed to carry into the regular season, there have been rumors and speculation that the Cardinals could trade the 2004 Heisman winner who was the 10th pick in the 2006 draft.

As a league source explained to us on Monday, Leinart’s current contract isn’t conducive to a trade.  He’s due to earn a base salary of $2.485 million in 2010, which is simply too much money for a guy who won’t waltz right in and take over another team’s starting job.  More importantly, Leinart’s salary spikes to $7.36 million in 2011.

Thus, the Cardinals’ options will be to keep him or to cut him.  Clark Judge of CBSSports.com thinks the latter could occur, because “the players there have no faith in the guy and don’t believe they can win with him.”

Judge points out that Leinart’s potentially negative influence on rookies Max Hall and John Skelton, along with the fact that the team probably would have to cut one of the promising first-year players if Leinart stays, favors severing ties with Leinart.

In our view, Leinart’s recent comments regarding his tenuous status suggest that, on a broader scale, Leinart simply doesn’t get it.  It’s not a trait that any NFL team wants or needs from its starting quarterback.

That said, we think that two factors favor his ongoing employment for at least one more year.  First, the Cardinals need a semi-competent quarterback on the depth chart behind Derek Anderson, in the event Anderson royally stinks it up or gets injured.  Second, if/when a salary cap returns for 2011, the Cardinals could cut Leinart then — and pick up $6 million in credit toward next year’s salary floor.

If Leinart finds himself on the open market, it makes sense for his college coach, Pete Carroll, to provide a safe harbor.  If Carroll doesn’t, it pretty much tells us all we need to know about Leinart.

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44 Responses to “Leinart needs to worry about being cut, not traded”
  1. Nsblend says: Aug 31, 2010 7:23 AM

    obviously. he has no trade value. scrub

  2. Filthy Fernandez says: Aug 31, 2010 7:38 AM

    Whisenhunt needs to start pleading with Brenda to send Kurt back.

  3. downwithdansnyder says: Aug 31, 2010 7:40 AM

    “If Carroll doesn’t, it pretty much tells us all we need to know about Leinart.”
    Only if they sign him as a #3. They have a starter and they gave up too much for the other guy to make him #3.

  4. dabarber says: Aug 31, 2010 7:46 AM

    From where? I haven’t heard anything like that at all–unless you are trying to spread it around so you can satate is as fact.
    ___________________________________
    there have been rumors and speculation that the Cardinals could trade the 2004 Heisman winner

  5. jimmySee says: Aug 31, 2010 7:56 AM

    He looked good against the Bears — but then again, it was the Bears.

  6. Bwa Ha Ha says: Aug 31, 2010 7:57 AM

    He sounds like Garcia. This is why Jeff has no NFL gig

  7. dEV says: Aug 31, 2010 8:03 AM

    Whisenhut and Co. got stuck with this guy, and it’s pretty clear from day one that they didn’t believe in him. And he’s a USC player, so he’s got the requisite sense of entitlement. If he was traded to a team where he was wanted, and where the expectation was that he would be the “QB of the Future,” could he excel? Maybe. I’d go as far as to say “probably.” I think it would’ve been better for all parties concerned to trade him as soon as Kurt Warner was made the starter.

  8. BDawk says: Aug 31, 2010 8:10 AM

    They should have traded for McNabb. Perhaps one of the largest blunders as they are a competitive team with a tremendous offense. Now the Cardinals are not staying competitive due to their unreasonable faith in Matt Leinart.
    Yes, McNabb is injured now, but that may not have happened in AZ and he will be OK shortly.

  9. IKNOWALL says: Aug 31, 2010 8:13 AM

    Yeah———another Jay Cutler.
    Later.

  10. contract says: Aug 31, 2010 8:18 AM

    “If he was traded to a team where he was wanted, and where the expectation was that he would be the “QB of the Future,” could he excel? Maybe. I’d go as far as to say “probably.””
    And you’ve seen Leinart play? He flat stinks. A team may as well sign John Beck or any of the other NFL QBs available for the NFL minimum.

  11. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Aug 31, 2010 8:24 AM

    2 QBs with potential does not equal 1 good QB. DA has been a player for stretches in the past and Leinert does show promise…but come on. You don’t set up your roster under the assumption that a guy is going to fail.

  12. hazi59 says: Aug 31, 2010 8:25 AM

    Derek Anderson is a joke, but Leinart is a bigger joke. They might want to enter the Jake Locker sweepstakes and mail it in for the season.

  13. JJCheesehead says: Aug 31, 2010 8:29 AM

    hmm……i see jake locker/ryan mallett/andrew luck/christian ponder in your near future wisenhunt.

  14. BigBear123 says: Aug 31, 2010 8:46 AM

    He’s due to earn a base salary of $2.485 million in 2010, which is simply too much money for a guy who won’t waltz right in and take over another team’s starting job. 
    ————
    Yet Rosenthal seems to think Vicks $5mil is fine for a backup.

  15. JaggedMark says: Aug 31, 2010 8:49 AM

    If they cut him NOW instead of next year, they would still pick up 6 million in credit toward next year’s salary cap, YOU DOPE.
    Therefore, you really only gave one reason for him to stay employed this year, not two.
    DOPE? Where did that come from? Sorry, Mr. Florio
    PS. When is a decision on Corkscrew Suh expected to come down?

  16. MikeBara33 says: Aug 31, 2010 8:50 AM

    I’ve personally heard what Pete Carroll thinks of Leinart: He says he needs to be babied because he lacks confidence, but he believes in his talent. If he is cut, I expect the Seahawks to make a move for him, if only because Charlie Whitehurst could overthrow Shaq from 5 yards away at this point.

  17. 90ragtop says: Aug 31, 2010 8:50 AM

    Ditch him.

  18. Nosredna says: Aug 31, 2010 8:58 AM

    ……If Leinart finds himself on the open market, it makes sense for his college coach, Pete Carroll, to provide a safe harbor. If Carroll doesn’t, it pretty much tells us all we need to know about Leinart.
    So what you are saying is that AZ shouldn’t keep him cause he just doesn’t get it and cause of his salary due, yet Seattle should go after him just because it is his old college coach…..
    How can one person or group (yes, those at PFT) be so outright STUPID>?????

  19. Tcostant says: Aug 31, 2010 9:08 AM

    I think he should be cut if he is not the guy. You’ll save on money, have both younger QB you like on the team and it will let Anderson relex and not look over his sholder every time he makes a bad throw. Win – wine – win

  20. Sactown49er says: Aug 31, 2010 9:12 AM

    In the words of My Cousin Vinny coach “Whiz” said “I got nomore use fa dis guy…” lol problem is let’s see him find another Kurt in Anderson lol. Leinart is done and so is AZ.
    Cards 6-10

  21. blacktoothgrin says: Aug 31, 2010 9:24 AM

    AZ needs to make a trade with the Vikings to try to get Rosenfels. Or the Raiders are probably going to cut Colt Brennan, bring him in and see what he’s got. He has a hell of a lot more heart than Leinart

  22. ejtowne says: Aug 31, 2010 9:47 AM

    The Cardinals waited too long to develop Leinhart. He is the type of QB that needed to be playing right out of college. All that waiting made his confidence drop, And we all know without confidence, you will not make it as an NFL QB. The kid had a lot going for him the year he was drafted, especially his skills under pressure. He was sharp under pressure. The Cards should have thrown him right into the fire, then maybe we would be talking about something different like them re-negotiating his contract.

  23. netdawg says: Aug 31, 2010 9:59 AM

    “As a league source explained to us on Monday, Leinart’s current contract isn’t conducive to a trade. He’s due to earn a base salary of $2.485 million in 2010, which is simply too much money for a guy who won’t waltz right in and take over another team’s starting job. ”
    That’s a statement that is worthless without showing where $2.5MM sits in the starting QB scale. I’d bet its at or near the very bottom of the list and if you put all QBs in the pile I’ll bet it doesn’t even crack the top 32.

  24. CarlHess1 says: Aug 31, 2010 10:14 AM

    I honestly can’t wait for Whisenhut to fall on his face this year. He’s the worst coach in the NFL, not even close. He rode Warner’s coat tail for awhile, but this season should be a humbling one for Whiz.
    Why play this game, the whole offseason, all through training camp. Hes been Lienart’s coach for 4 years and Whisenhut didnt realize he wanted no parts of Lienart as his starting QB until a week ago?
    Its not like Derek Anderson comes in and lights up the joint either. Whisenhut just created a mess when he really didnt have to. I cant wait until his offensive philosphy of “Get the ball in Tim Hightower’s hands as much as possible” is dead and gone from the NFL.

  25. craigolney says: Aug 31, 2010 10:15 AM

    Dejavu for Anderson…Charlie Frye and now Leinart. Anderson is the “qb cooler”.
    Leinart needs to get a “fresh start”. If he can’t hack it then, it is time to make him an NFL Alum.

  26. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: Aug 31, 2010 10:17 AM

    He has too much potential to let this happen to him!
    Just like VY, he should be given his DUE and carried along with community organizers making excuses for him.
    It’s only fair.

  27. FumbleNuts says: Aug 31, 2010 10:21 AM

    Leinart will most likely become an NFL career back up guy and bounce around the league.

  28. Ralph says: Aug 31, 2010 10:28 AM

    It must be the QB, couldn’t be the coach could it? Maybe it’s not Leinart but Whisenhut that really stinks.

  29. PolegoJim says: Aug 31, 2010 10:33 AM

    The Decision on Suh has already been made.
    Offensive lines should block him or your quarterback will suffer.

  30. FinFan68 says: Aug 31, 2010 10:52 AM

    Leinart had potential but he blew it. He played it safe by just throwing checkdowns in a high octane offense. He did not play to win; he played not to lose. DA is no better option. He sometimes throws in the vicinity of his receivers but he will let it fly downfield. Maybe Leinarts confidence was shaken; maybe the coach did nothing to try to restore it; but Leinart is responsible for his own actions (and mental state). I liked the kid and I thought he could be good, but, he has shown that he just doesn’t have “it”. It is really simple…If you have a 5th year QB that is a “project” or a “work in progress” you don’t really have a QB…you have a wasted roster spot…dump him

  31. tbv1977 says: Aug 31, 2010 11:02 AM

    Why wouldn’t the Cardinals go after Sage Rosenfels?

  32. flek says: Aug 31, 2010 11:08 AM

    Why would Seattle sign him? Is he that much better than Whitehurst or even Losman? You certainly don’t make it sound like he is.
    Seattle has too many other needs to get distracted with a fourth quarterback. OL or RB I absolutely could see Seattle picking up cut players. DL probably too. But QB, at this point?
    I’m sure Carroll would have kicked his tires in June, but we’re just a few days away from final rosters.

  33. Zukny says: Aug 31, 2010 11:15 AM

    i’m not a 49ers fan, but it would be nice to see him goto the 9ers and become GREAT. he would be perfect in that style offense.
    This guy has been over rated yes, but the fact is, he’s still better then half the junk starting QB’s out there, INCLUDING Derek Anderson

  34. FinFan68 says: Aug 31, 2010 11:20 AM

    tbv1977 says:
    August 31, 2010 11:02 AM
    Why wouldn’t the Cardinals go after Sage Rosenfels?
    __________________________
    Because Sage is not a starting caliber QB either

  35. Unsterblich856 says: Aug 31, 2010 11:23 AM

    $2.85mil is about the average for a backup. That’s also less than DA is making.

  36. cause you are the same says: Aug 31, 2010 11:24 AM

    I think Whiz needs to send 3 guys to the Church, to pull Warner back to the team.
    Hey…worked for Minn…
    Tell him he can always pray later.

  37. AllThat says: Aug 31, 2010 11:33 AM

    @Zukny says:
    August 31, 2010 11:15 AM
    i’m not a 49ers fan, but it would be nice to see him goto the 9ers and become GREAT. he would be perfect in that style offense.
    This guy has been over rated yes, but the fact is, he’s still better then half the junk starting QB’s out there, INCLUDING Derek Anderson
    ===================================
    He cannot throw the football downfield idiot. You want him in SF, offer some cash.
    Fool!!!!

  38. paladisiac says: Aug 31, 2010 11:51 AM

    The Cards have receiver depth. The Panthers have Clausen. The Cards should’ve drafted Clausen (in hindsight). Time to make a love connection.

  39. jusford says: Aug 31, 2010 1:28 PM

    The Cardinals will be picking up one of the QB’s the Vikings let go.

  40. steelers rule says: Aug 31, 2010 2:49 PM

    Cards needs to trade him and get a 6th round pick. Giants need one and I am sure Vikes would trade Rosenfel for this bum.

  41. jebdamone says: Aug 31, 2010 3:34 PM

    john skelton is gonna be the man in a few years.

  42. ShaKey says: Aug 31, 2010 4:51 PM

    Carroll is a great judge of…
    nevermind

  43. Jimsjam33 says: Aug 31, 2010 7:11 PM

    Okay ,
    I’m the one person here who thinks Leinart should start and Arizona would be much better off with him . People who question his arm are not Leinart fans and are bias to his ability . He can throw . Now it’s time for him to step up and become a field General . If the Cardinals let him go it will be a major mistake . Arizona is primed for a Super Bowl run and Derek Anderson will not cut it . Leinart might , but he won’t if not given a chance. It’s time for Cardinal ownership to step up and tell Whisenhut to stop acting like Napolean and go with Leinart. It should be an order or kick his butt out of town . Leinart stays the Cardinals win and have a quarterback for many years to come . Stop this personality b.s. now to see who’s gonads are bigger etc.

  44. IL Trojan says: Aug 31, 2010 7:24 PM

    Derek Anderson is a bum and Leinart is egotistical so start Skelton and make Leinart backup and cut the bum. Why they signed him I don’t know but Whisenhunt is a great coach and Leinart lacks physicality but isn’t the bum of the two.

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