Amid rampant reports that the Cardinals are trying unsuccessfully to trade quarterback Matt Leinart, Len Pasquarelli of the Sports Xchange reports that the Cardinals have given Leinart permission to try it himself.
In our view, it’s a last-ditch effort by the Cardinals to secure value for the tenth overall pick in the 2006 draft before cutting him. And if the Cardinals haven’t restricted the universe of teams to whom Leinart can talk, it shows that the Cardinals are willing to deal him within the division, to a team like the Seahawks, who are coached by Leinart’s college coach, Pete Carroll.
There’s still no reason for the Seahawks to bite. Leinart needs to simply hold firm, wait to be cut, and then join the Seahawks as an unrestricted free agent. That said, perhaps the Cardinals are telling Leinart that if they can’t trade him they’ll keep him as part of a game of chicken aimed at getting something/anything of value in return.
Look for Leinart’s agent, Tom Condon of CAA, to call Arizona’s bluff. They’re too cheap to pay $2.48 million in base salary to a guy they don’t want, and they likewise won’t want to keep four quarterbacks on the roster. If they cut rookies Max Hall or John Skelton, the thinking is that either would be claimed on waivers by another team.