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Texans bid farewell to Matt Leinart

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Quarterback Matt Leinart finally got his chance last season in Houston, after Matt Schaub messed up his foot.

And then Leinart promptly messed up his collarbone, again.

And then T.J. Yates did enough the rest of the way to merit the No. 2 spot on the depth chart.

So on a day that featured the unexpected release of tackle Eric Winston, the Texans have made a less surprising move, cutting the 10th pick in the 2006 draft, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Leinart was due to earn only $1.75 million in 2012.  It’s entirely possible that the Texans are in the process of clearing cap space in order to squeeze under the spending limit a new contract for linebacker Mario Williams, who is due to become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET.

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76 Responses to “Texans bid farewell to Matt Leinart”
  1. tybrew says: Mar 12, 2012 10:02 PM

    And so should all the rest of the league

  2. bucks12965 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:03 PM

    Welcome to D.C.

  3. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 12, 2012 10:03 PM

    Championship

  4. hawkitnow says: Mar 12, 2012 10:04 PM

    please don’t sign him pete.

    sincerely,
    all seahawks fans

  5. comebackid says: Mar 12, 2012 10:04 PM

    I had no idea Ron Jeremy played for the Texans.

  6. jetropolitans says: Mar 12, 2012 10:04 PM

    still made out like a bandit…here’s to tippin my cap to ya, Mr. Leinart.

  7. isetheskyonfire says: Mar 12, 2012 10:04 PM

    they finally got rid of this guy about time!

  8. charliewade says: Mar 12, 2012 10:05 PM

    What a total, complete bust.

  9. phillyfan4ever says: Mar 12, 2012 10:05 PM

    He’s thinking, “How much for a time machine to take me back to USC”

  10. stoutfiles says: Mar 12, 2012 10:06 PM

    Who wants to bet Pete Carroll will try to pick him up? He’s the only who thinks overrated USC QB’s are any good (besides Rex Ryan and the Raiders).

  11. kenudo says: Mar 12, 2012 10:06 PM

    Their money would be better served pursuing Manning. If he returned to form on a team like the Texans, they’d be unstoppable. And I hate the Texans

  12. pacificnw7722 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:06 PM

    Maybe the NY Jets will take him?

  13. lolb23 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:07 PM

    Even Matt Millen passed on Matt Leinart

  14. trbowman says: Mar 12, 2012 10:07 PM

    Leinart will never be successful in the NFL unless he dumps that unsightly moustache

  15. delaney37 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:07 PM

    Carrol just got a boner. Seattle bound!

  16. hitit49 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:09 PM

    Couldn’t they get three 6ths and a 7th from the Redskins

  17. vincentbojackson says: Mar 12, 2012 10:10 PM

    Perfect opportunity for the Jets to add to their collection of ex-USC QB’s that can’t play.

  18. dabutcha114 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:11 PM

    Welcome to Oakland where Knapp will make him Carson’s backup. That is till the Prodigy Pyor is ready to take the helm

  19. denverdave3 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:11 PM

    he’d be a good backup in Denver regardless of whether the starter is PM or TT.

  20. gromgrimfist says: Mar 12, 2012 10:12 PM

    Andrew Luck is going to be the next Matt Leinart

  21. rip4gehrig says: Mar 12, 2012 10:12 PM

    Leinart is still in the NFL?

  22. anthonytx says: Mar 12, 2012 10:13 PM

    Leinart to Seattle? He’d be reunited with Pete Carroll and would get a shot at being the starter.
    Sad to see Winston go; the Texans may try to resign him later.

  23. calibear831 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:13 PM

    Man seems like this guy cant catch a break. I had high hopes for him, i saw him as a for sure long time franchise QB in the NFL

  24. mmcdan133 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:14 PM

    And the UFL says hello to Matt Leinart.

  25. pecosbob says: Mar 12, 2012 10:14 PM

    I think Eric Winston’s total cap number was around 6.5-7.5 million. Combined with Leinart and the 1.6 million cap Santa brought all the good little nfl gm’s today that is close to 10 million in cuts which should be enough to resign Williams and either Brisiel or Myers if they choose to do so. They still to free up more space.

  26. norcal031 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:14 PM

    How did so many usc players just bomb in the nfl??? Guess they don’t make as much anymore so the incentive is gone?

  27. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 12, 2012 10:15 PM

    I suspect this is where he fades away….
    But, he already did….

  28. jacobslatter says: Mar 12, 2012 10:16 PM

    More time for the frat boy to party it up.

  29. randomjim says: Mar 12, 2012 10:16 PM

    I’d like to see them keep Williams.

  30. ar1888 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:20 PM

    I wonder where he will and fail next?

  31. gerard33 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:23 PM

    this will probably be Pioli’s idea of competition for cassel

  32. warhammer420 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:24 PM

    It’s been so long since I’ve seen him throw… but does he have a limp noodle for an arm. I seem to remember him not being able to throw anything over 20 yards.

  33. duanethomas says: Mar 12, 2012 10:28 PM

    Buffalo or Cleveland should sign him and Vince Young. See how long those entitled soft overrated clowns will last in those tough weather beaten cities…LoL.

  34. trbowman says: Mar 12, 2012 10:30 PM

    My guess is STL, they need vet backup for Bradford – Fisher liked him in the 06 draft, wanted him over VY.

  35. cdanczak says: Mar 12, 2012 10:31 PM

    A few years after snubbing him in the draft, I’d like the Bills to take a look at Leinart as a backup to Fitz.

  36. tennesseeoilers says: Mar 12, 2012 10:33 PM

    Jeff Fisher badly wanted to draft Leinert over Vince Young, but owner Bud Adams put his foot down. Maybe we’re looking at Sam Bradford’s new backup?

  37. cliffordc05 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:34 PM

    If the Seahawks sign him it will not mean that he is the automatic starter. This is another low risk high reward opportunity for a team that needs a quarterback. If he has matured he is a risk worth taking. If not, just cut him.

  38. mwcarolina says: Mar 12, 2012 10:39 PM

    i wonder if Pete gives him a shot now??? last year, Leinart was thought to go to Seattle and did a 180 and went back to Houston. wonder if Carroll does the same to Leinart or doesnt even try to get him. wherever he goes, one thing’s for sure, 1) he needs to stay healthy……2) he needs to improve as a passer.

  39. lbraiders says: Mar 12, 2012 10:46 PM

    Please stay away from Oakland!!

  40. georgebrett says: Mar 12, 2012 10:48 PM

    Did he ever really get a chance to play?

  41. fumblenuts says: Mar 12, 2012 10:48 PM

    Dude looks like he should be selling tacos and burritos in a roach coach……

  42. tfbuckfutter says: Mar 12, 2012 10:57 PM

    On the plus side, the facial hair suggests a bright future as a magician.

    And what better way to start that career than by making millions of dollars in potential disappear?

  43. xpensivewinos says: Mar 12, 2012 10:59 PM

    Jets.

  44. staffordsyear says: Mar 12, 2012 11:00 PM

    This guy made joey harrington look like unitas.

  45. phreakin says: Mar 12, 2012 11:09 PM

    For those of you saying Seattle will sign him, remember that they had a chance to sign him after he got the boot in Arizona and didn’t. I think that says something about him when his own college coach wouldn’t sign him to a small deal. ESPECIALLY when they actually needed a backup QB.

  46. arizonahusker says: Mar 12, 2012 11:19 PM

    Somewhere out there a beer bong, a hot tub and a 20 year old ASU college student is happy.

  47. damnyoulinelliot says: Mar 12, 2012 11:22 PM

    Hilarious picture. Typical Leinart: In street clothes, with a douchey soul-patch, and his arm in a sling.

    How the mighty will fall.

  48. zn0rseman says: Mar 12, 2012 11:25 PM

    The only USC players that I can remember being as good as advertised when they were drafted were Clay Matthews and Brian Cushing… and it’s pretty clear that steroids helped those two along more than a little.

  49. KIR says: Mar 12, 2012 11:26 PM

    Maybe he can join T.O.. I’d watch. “shrugz”

  50. texan1979 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:39 PM

    Seen him throw 1 long pass last season in the half he played. Andre johnson had a cup of tea standing aroind waiting for the ball.

  51. astrosfan75956 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:40 PM

    There clearing cap room for Peyton Manning.

  52. roamingabriel says: Mar 12, 2012 11:43 PM

    Fins should reunite Matt with Reggie!!!

  53. duncanthecat says: Mar 12, 2012 11:51 PM

    Burger King and The Area League…Baby!

  54. acromartieismydad says: Mar 12, 2012 11:52 PM

    He wont be handed a job in Seattle or anywhere.
    Don’t forget Carroll (his own coach) had opportunities to bring him in the past two years and chose not to, that speaks volumes to Leinart’s potential. That said he still could be a late bloomer and low risk to check out at least.

  55. cotts1 says: Mar 13, 2012 12:05 AM

    The only USC players that I can remember being as good as advertised when they were drafted were Clay Matthews and Brian Cushing… and it’s pretty clear that steroids helped those two along more than a little.

    —————————————————–

    Polamalu.

  56. calvinreddick25 says: Mar 13, 2012 12:12 AM

    Not even worth being on a nfl team PERIOD.

  57. conbro8 says: Mar 13, 2012 12:14 AM

    Matt “who”?

  58. briggsweatbird says: Mar 13, 2012 12:32 AM

    Why is Dan Le Batard wearing a Texans hat?

  59. theysone says: Mar 13, 2012 12:41 AM

    He should now fade into oblivion.

    However, as a Niners fan, I REALLY hope Seattle picks him up and starts him.

  60. firedup1 says: Mar 13, 2012 12:43 AM

    He is better than the piece of crap (Palko) the Chiefs trotted out there last year. That gut does not belong in the NFL.

  61. geniusesq says: Mar 13, 2012 1:49 AM

    What happened to this dude? He was one of the best QBs in college that year. Pro Style Offense. USC. Then he fell off a cliff. No, he flew off a cliff.

    Damn homie.

  62. buckingnutz says: Mar 13, 2012 2:04 AM

    Weird two back to back top 10 cardinals draft picks released this week. Love every draft pick since these 2!! Go Cards!!

  63. patsfiend says: Mar 13, 2012 2:11 AM

    zn0rseman says:
    Mar 12, 2012 11:25 PM
    The only USC players that I can remember being as good as advertised when they were drafted were Clay Matthews and Brian Cushing… and it’s pretty clear that steroids helped those two along more than a little.
    —————
    There were a couple others…
    Palmer, Polamalu, Seau, Lott, Swann, OJ!, Munoz, Matthews Dad, or how about Marcus Allen, Keyshawn Johnson, Byers, Kalil (works on progress), McGinest… I guess you’d have to be pretty old to “remember” all of them.

    More Trojans in the Pro Football Hall of Fame than any other school. Look it up.

    Hey… SEC, we are coming for you next year. Barkley is the real deal!!

  64. sweetnlow44 says: Mar 13, 2012 2:35 AM

    Sweet porno-stache!

    Highly unlikely Carroll brings him in. Even if he does bring him in as a backup though, I’m ok with it because he can’t possibly be as bad as Clipboard Jesus.

  65. occamsrazor1 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:06 AM

    He can still buy a house on the beach in Malibu and live off a nice annuity.

    Even when high draft choices lose, they still win.

    Good luck with the rest of your life, Matt.

  66. avoidtheboyd says: Mar 13, 2012 4:15 AM

    hawkitnow says:
    Mar 12, 2012 10:04 PM
    please don’t sign him pete.

    sincerely,
    all seahawks fans
    ———————————
    The Seahawks have fans?

  67. latenightroach says: Mar 13, 2012 4:40 AM

    He has the best pornstache since Dave Wannstedt.

  68. racerx1225 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:50 AM

    zn0rseman says: Mar 12, 2012 11:25 PM

    The only USC players that I can remember being as good as advertised when they were drafted were Clay Matthews and Brian Cushing… and it’s pretty clear that steroids helped those two along more than a little.
    _________________________________

    Carson Palmer. Leinart backed him up at USC. Rather have him than Boller anyday as a #2.

  69. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Mar 13, 2012 7:07 AM

    That’s Hot.

  70. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 13, 2012 7:31 AM

    Have to congratulate this man on a magnificent career. He has managed to make millions for doing essentially nothing – during the worst recession/depression since the great depression. He had many women, made a lot of money, all for throwing some passes during the fall on everyday except Sundays and Mondays. It’s great work if you can get it, and Matt was able to pull it off. Kudos.

  71. jwocky1 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:31 AM

    Classy guy, bad breaks

  72. sudz28 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:35 AM

    Send him to Pitt. We clearly don’t have a backup that the head coach or OC have any confidence can play worth a darn, hence their keeping Big Ben in late season games he clearly had no business playing in and essentially dooming them to an early playoff out. Time for a fresh face!

  73. aresarrow says: Mar 13, 2012 7:43 AM

    Whatever. Tub Time!

  74. natswizskincap says: Mar 13, 2012 8:51 AM

    Thank god the skins locked up the 2nd pick b/c this would be a Shanny special otherwise. I believe the attempted to sign or trade for him last season before going with pickle king Rex and hamster wheel Beck. Skins would have been better off with Tebow.

  75. dukemarc says: Mar 13, 2012 9:30 AM

    Texans bid farewell to Matt Leinart
    ————————-

    If only the USC Keg party scene could say the same….

  76. canesnut says: Mar 13, 2012 10:31 AM

    patsfiend says: “More Trojans in the Pro Football Hall of Fame than any other school. Look it up”

    I will have to look this up now, because in the next 5 years the Hurricanes will take over that spot. When our players decide to retire many, many are shoe ins for the Hall. When was the last time USC had 7 players go int he first round? Yeah didn’t think so. I could list them all, but it would be easier to list all the busts that have come from USC in the last 10 years or so.

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