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Matt Leinart signing with Raiders today

Matt Leinart,  C.J. Mosley AP

Matt Leinart is heading back to California, and back to backing up Carson Palmer.

Leinart is signing today with the Oakland Raiders, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

In 2002, when Palmer won the Heisman Trophy at USC, Leinart was his backup. Leinart would go on to earn the starting job at USC, win the Heisman Trophy in 2004 and was the 10th overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft.

But unlike Palmer, Leinart has never proven himself capable of playing in the NFL. Leinart was a major disappointment for the Cardinals and spent the last two seasons as a backup in Houston, where he suffered a season-ending collarbone injury in his only start last year.

After the Texans released Leinart, there didn’t appear to be a lot of interest. But with the Raiders he’ll have a good chance of making the roster as the No. 2 quarterback, behind Palmer and ahead of Terrelle Pryor on the quarterback depth chart.

UPDATE, 6:53 P.M.: The Raiders have officially announced that Leinart has signed.

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  1. kingfish4242 says: May 1, 2012 6:24 PM

    This is how smart I am. I was upset when the Saints signed Drew Brees as a FA. I wanted us to draft Linehart. All I can say is Thank God the Saints Front office and coaching staff didn’t listen to me lol.

  2. spellingcopfather says: May 1, 2012 6:26 PM

    One year deal, i hope!!!

  3. charliework says: May 1, 2012 6:31 PM

    So I guess Leinart’s durability is a ringing endorsement for the MMA training he received from professional midget Jay Glazer.

  4. ern215 says: May 1, 2012 6:36 PM

    Nice signing, bringing the band back together, so to speak.

  5. blacknole08 says: May 1, 2012 6:36 PM

    Alright! Partay time!

    - Matt Leinart

  6. mullman7675 says: May 1, 2012 6:39 PM

    Big Reg is bringing him in because of the Knapp connection. He could be brought aboard to fast track Carson through the nuances of the new system. I’m sure Big Reg will be bringing in at least a few more veterans for a test drive. There is no guarantee that Matt is the automatic #2. That is if he makes the roster…

  7. kivory2 says: May 1, 2012 6:39 PM

    Lol

  8. despinosa8 says: May 1, 2012 6:39 PM

    This guys a bum. Id rath see a rookie with focus than this 6 + year project

  9. peytonsneck18 says: May 1, 2012 6:40 PM

    matt leaf

  10. beauregard says: May 1, 2012 6:41 PM

    This is most likely Lainart’s last chance. If he can’t do it here I don’t know where else he go.
    Good luck to you Matt.

  11. calibear831 says: May 1, 2012 6:48 PM

    This looks similar to an Al davis move, when he picked up a guy by the name of jim plunkett. . .hope it turns out with similar results!

  12. steviekthr3e says: May 1, 2012 6:54 PM

    When Al passed, I was excited because The Raiders USC “Graduate” program would finally be over. Wrong.

    I guess Leinhart’s better than Tweedle-dee Boller. But that’s obviously not saying much.

  13. eezyxyz says: May 1, 2012 6:56 PM

    I remember when Leinart was coming out of college and people said he was way better than Carson Palmer because ‘how many national titles did Palmer win in college?’ Just shows how important it is to isolate the QB’s performance from team performance when evaluating, or else you drastically over-rate QB’s fortunate enough to play on great teams.

  14. duanethomas says: May 1, 2012 6:58 PM

    I remember when he came back to USC…he was Brady and Bush was Gale Sayers. ESPN had Shelly Smith stationed on campus to cover them lead by this bum.

  15. kingfish4242 says: May 1, 2012 7:02 PM

    calibear831 says:
    May 1, 2012 6:48 PM
    This looks similar to an Al davis move, when he picked up a guy by the name of jim plunkett. . .hope it turns out with similar results!

    ================================

    Plunkett had the strong arm though. I still think Matt could be a very good Qb in this league. It’s not a fluke he went 37-2 as a starter for USC. Looking back, and hindsight is always 20/20,I believe the red flag was going back for his Sr Season and taking ballroom dancing as his only class. From a financial standpoint,it cost him 30 million. He would have been the 1st overall pick if he had came out after his JR season. I might be wrong,but coming back showed me a sign of immaturity and he enjoyed being Big Man on Campus. I really believe he hasn’t let that go yet.

  16. swagjag says: May 1, 2012 7:03 PM

    Great pickup! *

    * until he gets hit one time and curls up in the fetal position. Dude is softer than Dairy Queen.

  17. 808raiderinparadise says: May 1, 2012 7:04 PM

    Well,

    Mark Sanchez will prob be released next year, then he can be the Raiders 3rd string and Oakland would have the 3-man beer pong rotation in the league.

  18. warrenmoon says: May 1, 2012 7:05 PM

    It’s a back up quarterback people don’t act like this is the worst news in the world. If he sees the field, our season is already over, one way or another

  19. pacificamjr says: May 1, 2012 7:07 PM

    this will be his last NFL stop, no doubt

  20. brenenostler says: May 1, 2012 7:07 PM

    I actually thought he played well in his one game with Houston last year. Much better than anything he ever showed in Arizona.

  21. humb0lt says: May 1, 2012 7:08 PM

    I thought the folly in Oakland was supposed to end with the passing of Al Davis. Apparently Terrelle Pryor was a wasted pick.

  22. sundevil1982 says: May 1, 2012 7:10 PM

    He seems like a very talented athlete. But when I see him I think of the movie office space. He works just hard enough not to get fired. Only he did. Twice. Either way, I can’t but help envy him.

  23. prmpft says: May 1, 2012 7:11 PM

    so far – that means that 31 teams were right at that draft (so far)…

  24. bigfootballfan says: May 1, 2012 7:18 PM

    This is like the football version of Sartre’s “No Exit.”

  25. rubberinnertube says: May 1, 2012 7:30 PM

    kingfish4242,
    they couldn’t listen to you because they didn’t have any wire-taps or hidden listening devices set up in your house.

    Sorry…I don’t really care about the Loomis eavesdropping allegations, but that was a layup.

  26. skolvikesskol says: May 1, 2012 7:30 PM

    MDS us a moron… This guy never got a fair shake after denny green went atomic… People forget ML was torching the superbowl bound bears thru the air all game long. Then that fing moron green went to the Edge (as in over the edge) janes and lost the game. After that ML was never the hc’s qb or gm’s qb on any team… All of u r haters… ML was actually good. Everytime ML gets brought up they shld talk about how denny ‘take a knee’ green ruined anither qb and another franchise.. That guy was the absolute worst person on the planet…

  27. satanphoenix says: May 1, 2012 7:31 PM

    I thought in addition to Leinart another QB was to visit Oakland this week. Anyone remember who?

  28. dirtdawg55 says: May 1, 2012 7:31 PM

    I’m not so sure Palmer has proven he is capable of playing in this league either.

  29. kingfish4242 says: May 1, 2012 7:39 PM

    kingfish4242,
    they couldn’t listen to you because they didn’t have any wire-taps or hidden listening devices set up in your house.

    Sorry…I don’t really care about the Loomis eavesdropping allegations, but that was a layup.

    0 0

    ==============================

    That’s cool, and I thought it was funny too.

  30. dg0122 says: May 1, 2012 7:46 PM

    Kingfish gets it…Skolv, not so much.

  31. satanphoenix says: May 1, 2012 7:46 PM

    Jim Sorgi was Leinarts competition

  32. t8ertot says: May 1, 2012 7:52 PM

    “But unlike Palmer, Leinart has never proven himself capable of playing in the NFL”

    Neither has Palmer….who dey

  33. duncanthecat says: May 1, 2012 7:54 PM

    What I read into this signing:

    “There are going to be wild parties with a bunch of floozees in the East Bay!

    Yeah!

  34. rundmc81 says: May 1, 2012 7:54 PM

    Sorgi

  35. AlohaMrHand says: May 1, 2012 7:59 PM

    Justin Fargas and John David Booty are available too.Is Norm Chow busy?

  36. rushbacker says: May 1, 2012 8:02 PM

    Hilarious.

  37. siaaa says: May 1, 2012 8:11 PM

    signing with the raiders as a back up Qb means you’re one step away from the door that takes you out of the NFL for good.

  38. crise40g says: May 1, 2012 8:14 PM

    Let’s see, Leinert vs Boller? It’s a real no brainer if think about it. Who would you rather have backing up the STARTER Carson Palmer? Leinert. So don’t any haters get their panties in a bunch.

  39. villa41 says: May 1, 2012 8:18 PM

    Leinart is being brought in to complete for the BACK-UP QB spot. That’s it. Case closed. And I’m OK with that. Leinart has won some games in the league (eight to be exact), and a team could do a lot worse than him for a back-up QB.

    That being said, if Leinart sees considerable playing team it means something has gone horribly wrong with the season (i.e., Palmer is either seriously injured or having the worst year of his career). I expect Palmer to play very well this season with a full offseason under his belt and with the weapons on offense he has at his disposal, so an injury to Palmer seems to be the only way Leinart sees the field. Let’s hope Palmer stays healthy, but any team counting on its back up for more than pinch hitting duty is in trouble.

  40. raiderapologist says: May 1, 2012 8:34 PM

    humb0lt says: May 1, 2012 7:08 PM

    I thought the folly in Oakland was supposed to end with the passing of Al Davis. Apparently Terrelle Pryor was a wasted pick.

    San Diego used a third round pick on Charlie Whitehurst. They got that pick back when they traded him to Seattle, but they used that pick on Shareece Wright. Then they signed Charlie Whitehurst again. They screwed up three times with one draft pick. And Pryor was a Davis pick. The only conclusion I can draw from all of that is humb0lt is wasted space.

  41. hannahsdaddy says: May 1, 2012 8:54 PM

    Here’s a giant Raider change. This regime has already confirmed the signing. The last regime would have denied denied denied then threatened litigation. Go Reggie!!!!

  42. brianbosworthisstonecold says: May 1, 2012 9:13 PM

    Oakland=Island of Misfit Toys

  43. bloggingpoodlewalker says: May 1, 2012 9:19 PM

    Humbolt is clearly not yet over the epic choke job at the hands of the Giants last January, at home,…LMAO,…sucks for you Humboldt!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  44. juliusanonymous says: May 1, 2012 9:26 PM

    The fact that Leinart turned down the chance to come compete for a starting job in Seattle speaks for itself. He’d rather play backup for the Texans with no realistic chance at a starting job.

    When I saw that, I was so glad he turned down the Seahawks. Dude reminds me of the Cowardly Lion from Wizard of Oz. Except he doesn’t want to change.

  45. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: May 1, 2012 9:33 PM

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. dumbolt says: May 1, 2012 9:48 PM

    humb0lt says:
    May 1, 2012 7:08 PM
    I thought the folly in Oakland was supposed to end with the passing of Al Davis. Apparently Terrelle Pryor was a wasted pick.
    ______________________________

    no idiotbolt, AJ Smith taking a player in the 5th rd who is injured and can’t play this year is wasting a pick. Taking a player who had the talent to start as a true freshman at the Ohio State University, the most sought after recruit out of high school in2008, a guy who is 6’6, 238lbs, and can run a 4’3 40 is brilliant.

    Get real guys like tannejhill, weeden ,foles, wilson etc…went in the first 3 rds and they are nowhere near pryor.

  47. spinmovr says: May 1, 2012 10:13 PM

    Totally ambivalent about Leinart as a backup quarterback. I don’t think he’s good and it shouldn’t matter. If he comes in and stinks it up, it means Palmer has gotten out of pocket and we’re screwed anyway.

    I thought Billy Volek would be a good choice if you want a backup who can actually do something for you should disaster strike. He was good change of pace from Rivers whenever SD needed him. He knows the division obviously.

    This whole Greg Knapp’s offense is starting to worry the hell out of me too. We had a good offense last year even with our QB, RB and various WRs going down. Knapp’s offense isn’t so good and proven that we should be stocking the team with players he feels comfortable with…and tossing players who were part of the 9th ranked O in the league.

  48. fasteddy415 says: May 1, 2012 10:36 PM

    Terrible!! Leinart has more pocket presence at a strip club..cmon Raiders! Shoulda took a chance at Sorgi!

  49. jedimasterbates says: May 1, 2012 10:54 PM

    Can we officially start adding ‘career back-up’ to the beginning of his name?

  50. cowboychris5xchamps says: May 1, 2012 11:06 PM

    Al Davis is alive and well and it’s apparent after this move! The Raiders are still the Raiders!!!

  51. vincentbojackson says: May 1, 2012 11:19 PM

    Even though Leinert was a free agent the Raiders surrendered 4 future draft picks just out of habit.

  52. 90ragtop says: May 2, 2012 12:30 AM

    The final descent into obscurity.

  53. thacloser86 says: May 2, 2012 12:48 AM

    Why the hell is Raiders signings him. No. No. No No why the hell did the Raiders hire that GM there’s a reason no other team never hire him. Look what he’s done so far. He’s hired Dennis Allen as a freaking head coach. Please sell the Raiders already omg geeeesh

  54. raiderlyfe510 says: May 2, 2012 1:03 AM

    Well at least Leinart gets to play with his favorite WR…..Michael Huff.

  55. maiphatdong says: May 2, 2012 2:45 AM

    AAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA!

  56. raideralex99 says: May 2, 2012 3:40 AM

    Hello they signed a back up qb … what’s the big deal …. seriously you haters need to relax.
    If I remember correctly majority of you had the dream team winning the SB last year with all the FA signings including a backup QB named Vince Young … at least Raider fans know signing a backup QB means nothing.

  57. nicks4prezident says: May 2, 2012 4:09 AM

    This guy reminds me of the back up quarterback from the tv show blue mountain state. All the talent in the world but is more concerned with what’s going on outside the football world

  58. tatum064 says: May 2, 2012 5:32 AM

    t8ertot says:
    May 1, 2012 7:52 PM
    “But unlike Palmer, Leinart has never proven himself capable of playing in the NFL”

    Neither has Palmer….who dey

    =========

    Um, im sure Palmer has dropped at least one a$% kicking on your woeful franchise…and if he hasnt HE WILL THIS YEAR.

    Dey US!

    RAIDER MOTHERF%&KING NATION till the day i die!

  59. tatum064 says: May 2, 2012 5:33 AM

    cowboychris5xchamps says:
    May 1, 2012 11:06 PM
    Al Davis is alive and well and it’s apparent after this move! The Raiders are still the Raiders!!!

    ===============

    Cowboy fan, you are scarcely any better. We were 8-8, and what was your record again?

  60. torturedraiderfan says: May 2, 2012 7:06 AM

    Leinert has to be better than Boller. I think Reggie is doing the best he can given the cash and cap squeeze the Raiders are under. Hopefully, Palmer stays healthy. This seems like a logical move. I believe the Al Davis dysfuntion is finally over.

  61. MichaelEdits says: May 2, 2012 12:02 PM

    The welcoming embrace of Oakland’s kind and loving fans will make him feel very welcome.

  62. jjackwagon says: May 2, 2012 1:01 PM

    Let’s see:

    Palmer = Has been
    Leinart and/or Boller = Never was
    Pryor = ???

    Situation normal in Oakland

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