There was a buzzing sound coming from the Cardinals’ locker room yesterday about the possibility of Matt Leinart being traded to the Giants. But there was a clicking sound on the other end of the phone when the Cardinals called the Giants to see if they wanted to do a deal.
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports that that the Giants listened politely and then hung up when the Cardinals called, because they have no interest in Leinart.
The Giants especially have no interest in Leinart under his current contract, which pays him more than $10 million in salary the next two seasons. It’s possible that the Giants could become interested if Leinart were willing to take less money, but considering that Leinart doesn’t want to be a backup, it’s hard to see why he’d agree to take less money as part of a trade to the Giants, where he has no chance of beating out Eli Manning for the starting job.
And so it appears that the Cardinals have decided they don’t want Leinart — and they can’t find any other team that wants him, either.
UPDATE: Jay Glazer of Fox Sports tweeted yesterday that the Giants aren’t interested in Leinart and want a veteran quarterback who’s content with being Eli Manning’s backup.