Matt Leinart is about to become a Houston Texan.
Chris Mortensen of ESPN is reporting that Leinart, the free agent quarterback released by the Cardinals this weekend, has agreed to terms with the Texans on a one-year deal.
In Houston, Leinart won’t have any chance of unseating the starter, Matt Schaub, so he has apparently accepted the fact that he has to be a backup, at least for now. Really, he had no other choice.
But the good news for Leinart is that if he practices well and learns the offense quickly, it shouldn’t take too much to unseat the current No. 2 quarterback in Houston, Dan Orlovsky. Orlovsky looked terrible in the preseason, and Leinart should be an upgrade for the Texans at the backup quarterback position.
And if Leinart isn’t even an upgrade over Orlovsky, his NFL stock has fallen even further than any of us thought.