Report: Leinart gets permission to seek trade

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.

11 responses to “Report: Leinart gets permission to seek trade

  1. He will end up a Raider eventually. Al Davis always pays big money for a guy with little talent and a big name.

  2. Everyday Arizona’s decision not to sign a veteran QB (whose name isn’t Derek Anderson) this spring/summer seems that much worse. It was nice to see a perennial underdog compete. But I guess there is a reason they are underdogs…

  3. # Flvikesfan says: September 2, 2010 9:46 PM
    “He will end up a Raider eventually. Al Davis always pays big money for a guy with little talent and a big name.”
    The Raiders were smarter this offseason. I’d rather have Campbell or Gradkowski over Leinart.

  4. While I dislike the Fins intensely FinFan expressed my immediate sentiments exactly. I’m sure if Polian wants a rule change allowing trades between leagues then Goodell would only be too happy to oblige.

  5. I wonder if the Cardinals have lowered their trade demands for Leinart from a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos to a pack of Skittles??? Hmmm…

  6. # Flvikesfan says: September 2, 2010 9:46 PM
    He will end up a Raider eventually. Al Davis always pays big money for a guy with little talent and a big name.
    =================================
    still sore about that butt kickin we layed on the Vikes in 76 or the one the Saints in the NFC Championship?
    I know. I would be, too.
    Non-super bowl winners CAN NEVER CALL DAVIS OUT – dont you know that by now?

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