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There's a possible method to Leinart's apparent madness

With the Cardinals done with quarterback Matt Leinart and trying (so far unsuccessfully) to persuade someone else to send an ice sculpture or a turkey loaf to Arizona in exchange for his services, Leinart has a certain amount of control over the process. 

For starters, he has two years left on his current contract, at base salaries of $2.485 million in 2010 and $7.36 million in 2011.  If he’s not willing to restructure his deal, those numbers (especially the one for next year) become a problem.

Still, there’s a chance that a team would take Leinart on a one-year rental basis as a backup.  With Marc Bulger getting $3.8 million this year in Baltimore, $2.485 million for Leinart isn’t necessarily unreasonable.

That’s where Leinart’s words become relevant.  By popping off about not getting a fair shake at starting in Arizona and, more importantly, wanting to be a starter elsewhere, Leinart has helped scare away anyone interested in a backup who would be willing to accept his role as a backup.

As a result, it means that no one will trade for Leinart, that he’ll be released on or before Saturday, and that he’ll be able to sign with any team he wants, including Pete Carroll’s Seahawks, who have been conspicuously quiet throughout this process.

We’ve floated this theory by a league source with knowledge of the situation, and the source didn’t scoff at the notion that Leinart is trying to ensure that he won’t be traded, so that he can pick his next destination.

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  1. edgarpoe says: Sep 2, 2010 11:07 AM

    The problem is that Bulger HAS PROVEN HIMSELF in the past. Leinart HAS PROVED NOTHING.

  2. downwithdansnyder says: Sep 2, 2010 11:07 AM

    So HE can pick his next destination? He’ll be lucky if ONE team offers him a ham sandwich.

  3. dldove77 says: Sep 2, 2010 11:10 AM

    I think you’re giving this guy way too much credit.

  4. BleedGreen says: Sep 2, 2010 11:14 AM

    Its completely unappealing, especially to a so-cal guy, but he should try and goto Buffalo. He’d be the best they have and would at least get a fair shake at being the starter. Jacksonville is another option, especially if they’re seriously considering moving to LA. All Matt has to do to get back to So-Cal is beat out Garrard and get an extension.

  5. Randall says: Sep 2, 2010 11:19 AM

    Yeah, he’s waiting for Seattle. How’d that work out for Lendale White?

  6. AzHawk says: Sep 2, 2010 11:26 AM

    Wooo Hooo Send him to the Seahawks….Division is ours.
    Wait what did I say……Clearly im an idiot

  7. ECS - Brougham Boys 74 says: Sep 2, 2010 11:28 AM

    He’s going to Seattle. Bank on it.

  8. Omega says: Sep 2, 2010 11:31 AM

    “As a result, it means that no one will trade for Leinart, that he’ll be released on or before Saturday, and that he’ll be able to sign with any team he wants, including Pete Carroll’s Seahawks, who have been conspicuously quiet throughout this process.”
    Come on Florio if the Seahawks said anything, anything at all, you would on their case for tampering. And you would be right.

  9. mihan says: Sep 2, 2010 11:35 AM

    Making himself look like an ass isn’t a good strategy. You can’t polish a turd.

  10. smithopher says: Sep 2, 2010 11:40 AM

    I say Buffalo. Nobody wants to play there, but he’ll start.

  11. natelan says: Sep 2, 2010 11:42 AM

    If I’m Pete Caroll, I play Hasselbeck over Leinart. But then in week 3 when Hasselbeck has his annual season-ending injury, I hand the keys off to Leinart for the next year or two (or longer if he performs) and hand Matt a plane ticket home and his pink slip.

  12. texasPHINSfan says: Sep 2, 2010 11:43 AM

    Why do you always assume Carroll wants his old guys? He didn’t chase after Taylor Mays and he didn’t give LenDale much of a shot.
    I just don’t think Pete is looking to collect all his old guys…

  13. Hail2theskinz47 says: Sep 2, 2010 11:46 AM

    Its not fair to say that Leinart hasn’t proven anything……… He has proven that he is terrible QB that throws hospital balls to his best players and is on the verge of cracking the Top 10 QB busts of all time.

  14. CYGNUS X-1 says: Sep 2, 2010 11:46 AM

    it took you until now to figure out that is what he is doing?why if this guy is as bad as you say he is and the cardinals do not want him don’t they just release him?are they afraid he will sign with another team that will give him a fair shot?why sould he do them any favors and take a pay cut?

  15. joe.attaboy says: Sep 2, 2010 11:46 AM

    BleedGreen:
    Jacksonville? Put the bong down.
    We have a pretty good backup in Luke McCown, a guy who has some starting experience and is a good enough guy to keep you from shuddering if he has to come into a game. The chances of Jacksonville giving up McCown for a non-starter like Leinart is laughable.
    And Garrard would crush Leinart in a one-on-one competition.
    I’ll ignore the LA crack, since, well, since you’re probably smoking crack.

  16. Dapollock says: Sep 2, 2010 11:49 AM

    His secret plan was to be released and resurrect the “James Brown Hottub Show” with a SoCal vibe.
    Anything involving more thought is giving this guy too much credit.

  17. Jack Acid says: Sep 2, 2010 11:56 AM

    As a Niner fan, I am disappointed with the prospect of Leinart leaving the division….so the Seahawks would be fine with me!

  18. LAEaglefan says: Sep 2, 2010 11:59 AM

    How did Seattle work out for Deion Branch?

  19. lololnpnp says: Sep 2, 2010 12:01 PM

    I don’t think it would be a stretch for me to say these ‘league sources with knowledge’ of various situations are actually a cat named Mittens. ‘OK little buddy, eat your catnip twice if my drug induced ideas make any sense to you!!’

  20. Hauschild says: Sep 2, 2010 12:01 PM

    Didn’t the Seahawks pass on Leinart this past spring when they instead opted to court and land Charlie Whitehurst???
    If Carroll didn’t even make an attempt at getting Leinart, he certainly will not now that he has a back-up in the fold that HE pursued.
    I think it is fairly telling when Leinart’s former coach has a chance to get him, yet doesn’t even make an attempt.
    It is also apparent to me that the NFL game is a bit too “fast” for Leinart. That’s often what separates, though.

  21. Meat Tuperello says: Sep 2, 2010 12:08 PM

    Leinart is 2 wins away from equaling and 3 wins away from surpassing the overrated Kurt Warner’s winning % in Arizona(note they both currently have losing records in Arizona). So if he were to stay in Arizona and start half the season, he would likely surpass Warner.
    He’s easily the 2nd best QB in the NFC West behind Hasselbeck.

  22. TheDPR says: Sep 2, 2010 12:13 PM

    He has no “plan” because he’s too self-absorbed to realize he needs one. His agent must be semi-retarded as well.

  23. FumbleNuts says: Sep 2, 2010 12:13 PM

    # ECS – Brougham Boys 74 says: September 2, 2010 11:28 AM
    He’s going to Seattle. Bank on it.
    I HOPE Carroll has enough brains to understand this old USC player is TERRIBLE in the pro’s.

  24. -RoNiN- says: Sep 2, 2010 12:15 PM

    @ mihan
    Actually.. the “MythBusters” proved otherwise.. in fact, you CAN polish a turd!!

  25. mwh06e says: Sep 2, 2010 12:17 PM

    Florio’s Logic:
    Leinart mouths off so no team will want him (in a trade) so when he gets cut he can go to any team he wants, regardless of the fact that him mouthing off has turned off all suitors.
    Arent you a lawyer, Florio? Did the logic on the LSAT bring your score down a lot?

  26. raidersig says: Sep 2, 2010 12:23 PM

    Florio, I live in LA and have a crew of friends that ran with the Hollywood heads like Will V and Leinart among others. Talked to one a few days ago and he said exactly what you said. That Matt at this point knows if hes traded he wont start so he would rather be released and be able to pick his own team. Everything in the last 2 weeks has been a calculated move with hopes of exactly that happening. Leinart and Whiz havent been getting along for 2 years now. Leinart regrets not asking for a trade then.

  27. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Sep 2, 2010 12:27 PM

    @Meat Tuperello says: September 2, 2010 12:08 PM
    “He’s easily the 2nd best QB in the NFC West behind Hasselbeck.”
    If Alex Smith, David Carr, Sam Bradford and A.J. Feeley died, then I’d have to agree.
    Otherwise, Lameheart is headed to Omaha to become the Nighthawks starting QB… if all of their QB’s die, that is.

  28. Citizen Strange says: Sep 2, 2010 12:29 PM

    The Five Stages of Exiting the NFL
    1) Denial – I am an elite NFL QB and my MMA training also makes me a killer.
    2) Anger – I outplayed Derek Anderson you dumbasses.
    3) Bargaining – I will only go to a team where I will be the starter.
    4) Depression – WTF? My hot tub isn’t full of skanks like it used to be.
    5) Acceptance – Yes, I am happy to be in the UFL and no, I don’t mind carrying Mr. Garcia’s pads around for him.

  29. ejtowne says: Sep 2, 2010 12:47 PM

    BleedGreen says:
    September 2, 2010 11:14 AM
    Its completely unappealing, especially to a so-cal guy, but he should try and goto Buffalo. He’d be the best they have and would at least get a fair shake at being the starter. Jacksonville is another option, especially if they’re seriously considering moving to LA. All Matt has to do to get back to So-Cal is beat out Garrard and get an extension.
    Leinhart has NO shot to become a starter in Buffalo. Even if Buffalo were to give him a shot, Edwards would outplay him in a heartbeat. Most people have not seen the difference in Edwards from this year to last. The guy has been great and has turned into a big leader on and off the field. I don’t think Leinhart has it in him to even pass up Fitzpatrick. Besides, unless he renegotiates his contract, no one will bother with him.

  30. 1NationRaiderNation says: Sep 2, 2010 1:10 PM

    I agree 100%…Pete Carroll has his fingers crossed.

  31. Spungy says: Sep 2, 2010 1:11 PM

    Leinart and Carroll were just quoted saying, “And we would have got away with it too, if it weren’t for you sniveling toupee wearers!”

  32. Qoojo says: Sep 2, 2010 1:20 PM

    Mike, it’s amazing what you manufacture out of thin air, then try to validate it by asking someone else with knowledge of the situation, and then calling him a source. That’s pretty underhanded in my opinion.

  33. HarrisonHits says: Sep 2, 2010 1:22 PM

    “the source didn’t scoff at the notion that Leinart is trying to ensure that he won’t be traded, so that he can pick his next destination.”
    Which CFL or UFL team do you think he’s going to choose ?

  34. Topher says: Sep 2, 2010 1:23 PM

    If that theory that Leinart spoke out in order to ensure he wasn’t traded is true than it shows a level of foresight and brain-to-mouth filter control that had he possessed he probably wouldn’t be in this predicament.
    More than likely it showed the type of stupidity that cost him one of the best 32 jobs on the planet.

  35. ignoringthehaters says: Sep 2, 2010 1:29 PM

    I’m curious as to why you keep saying Leinart is done in AZ. Is he still on the roster? Is his coach saying his status remains the same? That’s what I thought. And what possible reason would AZ have to get rid of him, they are not so secure at QB that they could afford to get rid of him. HMMMMMMMM these posts are starting to remind me of a certain Wise man and Cowlishaw talk…..and look how you blasted them. Maybe focus on quality not quantity. I used to love this site now I’m only here to waste time. NFL.com is where to go if you want facts not garbage. I’m not sayin, I’m just sayin

  36. BigBear123 says: Sep 2, 2010 1:33 PM

    He should be happy to be on an NFL roster. Don’t know why he would care which team.

  37. raider_niner_loco says: Sep 2, 2010 1:34 PM

    lmao citizen strange, good stuff
    ok im a niners fan, but im also a USC fan, im relieved he didnt come out the year sf had the number one overall pick becuz matt would be even WORSE trying to learn all the different systems that smith had to go through,
    ok now in his defense cause i think these points get overlooked
    1) he was only given the keys to the driver seat once and it was on a short leash, i think that if named a starter and the coach stood behind him and said “this is our guy” i think that would make him an improved qb
    2) matt won the heisman running the pro-style offense in USC, its his comfort zone, thats what he knows, Arizona runs the spread, matt doesnt have the arm to have a pass-run ratio 70-30, he can make the throws on 3rd and long but needs that complimentary elite rb in a 2 te, 2 wr set. thats what took the trojans to a national title and thats what i think will earn his paychecks.
    i still root for him but i root for my niners waaaay louder lol

  38. CarlHess1 says: Sep 2, 2010 1:36 PM

    Wow Buffalo Bills fans are happy with Trent Edwards, speaks volumes of your organization and why they wouldnt put effort/money into upgrading their roster. Trent Edwards. Yikes.
    All the UFL and CFL jokes are hilarious by the way, original and creative.
    The Cardinals have no shot of being anything better than 5-11 this year now. I cant wait to see Whiz’s offensively philosphy of “getting the ball to Tim Hightower as much as possible” is dead after this year.

  39. Dean Keaton says: Sep 2, 2010 1:38 PM

    Method to Florio’s madness:
    1. Try to discern someone’s motives (in this case, Leinart’s)
    2. State those motives as a “possibility”
    3. State those motives as a near fact in a subsequent post
    4. As soon as said person does something in conflict with those perceived motives, SLAM THE GUY in another 10-15 posts for doing the opposite of what Florio thinks he would/should do.
    We’ve seen this play out over and over and over again with multiple situations. Watch it happen.

  40. bacon! says: Sep 2, 2010 1:44 PM

    Or it could be possible that he’s an arrogant, ignorant, untalented tool as well.

  41. Actlikea2yrold says: Sep 2, 2010 2:06 PM

    How sad is it that stories of where lineart will be holding a clipboard have flooded the news???

  42. superb owl says: Sep 2, 2010 2:25 PM

    meat is simply meat.
    as a starter / dominant qb for a game in az, warner is 34-31.
    leinart, meanwhile, is 4-10.
    so in order for leinart to best warner’s az winning percentage, the soonest he could do it is to win 7 consecutive regular season and playoff starts, starting now.
    leinart’s “winning percentage” in az was eclipsed by warer before the 2007 season ended.
    like bulger, warner has “done it before”. they have both been successful. even anderson has been successful compared to leinart.

  43. buffalokie says: Sep 2, 2010 4:21 PM

    BleedGreen says:
    September 2, 2010 11:14 AM
    Its completely unappealing, especially to a so-cal guy, but he should try and goto Buffalo. He’d be the best they have and would at least get a fair shake at being the starter. Jacksonville is another option, especially if they’re seriously considering moving to LA. All Matt has to do to get back to So-Cal is beat out Garrard and get an extension.
    Ummm, nope.
    Why in the world would Buffalo add another underacheiving (to be polite) quarterback? We have three already. The Buffalo Bills will be just fine without Mr. Leinart. Buddy Nix has made his bed, and will lie in it quite comfortably this season. Either the Bills will shock everyone with the lineup wthey have, or they’ll be drafting a QB in ’11, or both.

  44. comment_submission_error says: Sep 2, 2010 7:51 PM

    Seattle might be quiet because they have no interest. Duh. Having history with a player-on a different level, no less-doesn’t automatically translate to a job offer.

  45. TFormation says: Sep 2, 2010 9:13 PM

    Have to say, it’s an intriguing concept: Leinart makes selfish comments to scare off teams who might trade for him. Then, he gets released and starts talking about “filling a role” and “how he’s grown since making those comments last week.”
    However, it does strike me as shooting yourself in the foot… especially since Leinart’s gameplay and (lack of a) highlight reel isn’t grabbing coaches by the nuts the way Jay Cutler’s did when he was on the trading block.
    And, other commenters are right: Florio’s concept DOES give Leinart more credit for being intelligent/clever than Leinart has shown so far.

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