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Leinart bids farewell to the Bills

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Matt Leinart was right.

He knew the Turk was coming.  And the Turk apparently has arrived.  Courtesy of Leinart’s Twitter feed.

“Tough game.  Tough situation.  No excuses.  Thanks [sic] you to the Bills organization!” Leinart said, which most likely means his five-day stint with the quarterback-strapped team has ended.

So why did Leinart do it?  It was, if nothing else, a chance to generate some game film and to remain in the conversation for the needs that will arise once quarterbacks get injured during the season.

And here’s where we finally share a snarky (sort of) comment made earlier during camp by Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, regarding the fact that Leinart won the Heisman over Peterson in 2004.

“I look at that [Heisman] trophy now and knowing that Matt Leinart has it, with how his career went, I would rather him have it,” Peterson said.  “At least he has something positive to look back on and say, ‘I won the Heisman.’”

Good effort, but not quite as biting as Maurice Jones-Drew saying that half the guys drafted before him (which includes Leinart) now work at Target.

Hopefully, Leinart didn’t channel Johnny Paycheck on his way through the red-framed sliding-glass doors.

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23 Responses to “Leinart bids farewell to the Bills”
  1. sandblastermoron says: Aug 30, 2013 11:06 AM

    good ridence!!!

  2. razzlejag says: Aug 30, 2013 11:16 AM

    Buffalo is no place for your hot tub parties anyway.

  3. sportsdrenched says: Aug 30, 2013 11:21 AM

    Heisman Trophy =/= NFL Success*

    *=Subjective term

  4. onlythebest36 says: Aug 30, 2013 11:32 AM

    And seen immediately afterwards on the phone lining up the co-eds and getting the hot tub warmed up.

  5. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 30, 2013 11:33 AM

    That doesn’t seem like a snarky comment by Peterson. Isn’t it obvious to everyone that Leinart hasn’t had a great NFL career? It’s kind of nice for someone to say, “I’m glad he has that.”

  6. badmude says: Aug 30, 2013 11:37 AM

    You just witnessed Johnny Manziel’s future NFL career.

  7. erikinhell says: Aug 30, 2013 11:38 AM

    I keep feeling better and better about my team not selecting Leinart and Sanchez every time I see a story like this.

    Go Browns!

  8. lwgould7291 says: Aug 30, 2013 12:03 PM

    That is really such a shame. I actually really wanted to see him succeed.

  9. detroitkillas says: Aug 30, 2013 12:03 PM

    Matt L. Had no chance to prove himself. The lions 3rd string shredded the bills….Get ready for a long season u bills slappy’s!!

  10. kleppnasty says: Aug 30, 2013 12:04 PM

    @erinkinhell

    Yeah, phew, dodged a bullet there. I mean heck, if the Browns had drafted one of those guys, they probably would have been terrible since 2006…

  11. kingcrusher says: Aug 30, 2013 12:07 PM

    The people at Target, and the rest of us lowly worker drones, are the ones that you’re playing for on Sunday. What a disrespectful attitude MJD has. He’s now probably my least favorite player in the league… Hernandez was released, so he doesn’t count anymore.

    I hate players that take their lives for granted and think they are above others who actually work for a living. I respect sports players for what they can do, and I don’t hold a grudge for the amount they make until they make statements like that. MJD can go away fro all I care. Take a long trip down a short plank. SPLASH!!!!

  12. metalhead65 says: Aug 30, 2013 12:09 PM

    I am sure leinart is really upset by what they and you have to say about him. the Heisman is for best college player not best pro prospect. how many national championships did peterson or drew win? how many national championship games did they get to? did their teams even win their conferences? and while they have done good individually how have their teams done in the pros? he may be disappointed how his career turned out I am pretty sure with the money he made he will not be working at target any time soon.

  13. reesesteel23 says: Aug 30, 2013 12:09 PM

    Super pissed when Leinart got that trophy over All Day. The man rushed for 2000 as a Freshie

  14. EJ says: Aug 30, 2013 12:32 PM

    detroitkillas says:
    Aug 30, 2013 12:03 PM

    Matt L. Had no chance to prove himself. The lions 3rd string shredded the bills….Get ready for a long season u bills slappy’s!!
    =================================================

    You meant to say the Lions 3rd string shredded the Bills 3rd string and soon to be cut players right?
    If anything, YOU should be the one preparing for the long season, especially with your starting QB -Stafford- 1 for 6 for 12 yards and an interception against Buffalo’s backups.

  15. mogogo1 says: Aug 30, 2013 12:35 PM

    The pivotal moment in Leinart’s career was that year he was set to be starter for the Cardinals, Warner had retired, his numbers for preseason were looking pretty good, there were no viable challengers on the roster… and he somehow still got cut during the preseason.

    I’ve always wanted the real story behind that, because it sure didn’t look like a football related move. I’d always imagined he might have been messing with the coach’s wife or daughter.

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 30, 2013 12:39 PM

    The Turk took his time with Leinart. He always hated USC.

  17. corkspop says: Aug 30, 2013 12:53 PM

    Bills will be OK at quarterback with Tuel starting the first game, Manuel back soon, and Kolb or Lewis on standby. Tuel isn’t getting the credit he deserves. Doesn’t matter how he did in college now. He’s an NFL Pro and looking pretty good.

  18. nananatman says: Aug 30, 2013 12:54 PM

    That wasn’t really snarky at all especially considering the wad of nothing he has and the overwhelmingly imaginary shot the Vikings have at threatening a Super Bowl run.

  19. 7insidethelines2 says: Aug 30, 2013 12:57 PM

    Jeez, Adrian Peterson, kick a man when he’s down. You’re the king of the league these days and Leinert’s been totally humiliated and you go all schoolgirl on him about the 2004 Heismann? I’m no Leinert fan and I used to have a lot of respect for you. Now, not so much. Schmuck.

  20. ralphwilsonisrich says: Aug 30, 2013 1:00 PM

    A week of camp and you want miracles

  21. ratsfoiledagain says: Aug 30, 2013 1:42 PM

    It seems Adrian is still a bit bitter about the Heisman voting. It’s probably time to get over it by now.

  22. eatitfanboy says: Aug 30, 2013 2:00 PM

    A simple phrase all NFL GMs should keep in mind when looking for a QB:

    “If he’s from USC he’s not for me”.

  23. dallasbaby says: Aug 30, 2013 4:01 PM

    I dont know about you guys but the Target employees around these parts sure dont look like Matt Leinart

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