Matt Leinart to sign with Bills

AP

Matt Leinart never developed into the kind of NFL starter that the Cardinals anticipated when they took him 10th overall in 2006, but his NFL career will continue all the same.

Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that the Bills will sign Leinart to help them shore up the quarterback spot with both E.J. Manuel and Kevin Kolb battling injuries. Leinart and John Beck were both in Buffalo to work out for the team on Sunday, which leaves Beck to look elsewhere for a job. That could wind up being in the AFC East, where the Jets are reportedly interested after Mark Sanchez injured his shoulder in the latest episode of their quarterbacking soap opera.

A league source confirmed to PFT that Leinart is joining the Bills and adds that he could wind up starting in Week One against the Patriots.

Leinart played in two games for the Raiders last season and spent the two seasons before that as a backup with the Texans. He got one start in Houston in 2011 after Matt Schaub was lost for the year with a foot injury, but broke his collarbone and T.J. Yates steered the Texans into the playoffs.

Leinart will join Jeff Tuel, an undrafted rookie, on the roster for this week’s final preseason games. Whether he lasts beyond that will likely have to do with how well Manuel and Kolb progress in their recoveries.