Ryan Leaf will be offered a plea deal

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf, the second overall pick in the 1998 draft, faces multiple charges arising from his desperate efforts to feed an apparent addiction to Hydrocodone, a prescription painkiller.

According to a recent report at Amarillo.com, Leaf is expected to be offered a plea deal in early 2010.

Leaf, who was serving as quarterbacks coach at West Texas A&M University, allegedly broke into a player’s apartment and stole an undisclosed amount of the drug. 

District Attorney James Farren told Janelle Stecklein of Amarillo.com that he’s not sure of the terms of the plea offer, in part because public reaction is mixed.

“They find it disturbing that he was in a position of trust and,
possibly, he abused that,” Farren said.  “Other people thought he
deserved a break.  We’re going to make an offer that we think is fair to
the victims and fair to the defendant and fair to the state of Texas. 
What would a Randall County jury likely do?  I don’t know if I know at
this point.”

These developments in Leaf’s life makes it even more amazing that the Colts actually struggled with the decision of whether Manning or Leaf should be selected with the first overall pick.  The ultimate gap between the two players could be no greater.

The Chargers didn’t struggle — they actually traded up one spot with the Cardinals to get Leaf, giving up the third overall pick and another first-round pick, a second-round pick, and Pro Bowl running back/kick returner Eric Metcalf.

20 responses to “Ryan Leaf will be offered a plea deal

  1. Judge: How do you plea?
    Leaf: Guilty. Guilty of sucking as a quarterback. Guilty of locker room hissy fits. Guilty of throwing picks like Delhomme before there was Delhomme. Guilty..of….wait……
    oh you mean the drugs? Nah, I didn’t do that.

  2. “These developments in Leaf’s life makes it even more amazing that the Colts actually struggled with the decision of whether Manning or Leaf should be selected with the first overall pick. The ultimate gap between the two players could be no greater.”
    I’m not sure that’s fair to say — considering that it’s only through more than a decade of hindsight that it’s been determined to be amazing. I bet you, and few if any others, found it amazing at the time of its occurrence.
    The fact the Chargers gave up a king’s ransom to move up one spot to get Leaf further reinforces the perception of the League on Leaf at the time.
    Manning’s detractors spoke of how little upside there was with Manning, and that they believed that he was pretty much tapped out – about as good as he was going to get.
    Leaf was considered by many to have enormous upside – a player who would be a better long term selection than Manning with NFL caliber coaching and experience.
    No Leaf fan here — just adding a few thoughts to the article.
    Amazing in real time is Oakland taking Jamarcus Russell with the top selection in the draft merely because Russell can throw a ball really far. Then they paid him mega-cash, most of it guaranteed. That was amazing as it unfolded.
    Amazing in real time is Oakland’s move on Darrius Heyward-Bey for similar reasons.
    Amazing in real time is much of Oakland’s drafting, head coaching selection and roster management decisions over the last 8 years or so.

  3. Widely considered to be the biggest draft bust of all-time. I bet the only positive in his life anymore is when he sees Jamarcus line up behind center.
    Someone might one-up Leaf as a draft bust. I didnt think I’d ever be able to say that…
    Thanx Al…


  4. The Chargers didn’t struggle — they actually traded up one spot with the Cardinals to get Leaf, giving up the third overall pick and another first-round pick, a second-round pick, and Pro Bowl running back/kick returner Eric Metcalf.”
    ——————–
    The Chargers also traded a linebacker in that deal by the name of Sapp.
    I would Love to see ESPN replay their coverage of the first five picks of that draft. In particular, I want to hear them compare Leaf and Peyton. I am sure they were yacking about those two players for quite awhile.

  5. # Merriman’s Dealer says: December 9, 2009 8:14 AM
    “Widely considered to be the biggest draft bust of all-time. I bet the only positive in his life anymore is when he sees Jamarcus line up behind center.
    Someone might one-up Leaf as a draft bust. I didnt think I’d ever be able to say that…
    Thanx Al…”
    =================
    As much as I hate to say it, the Charger trade for the pick to draft Leaf will always be the bigger bust, because you have to factor in all of the talent and picks that the Chargers gave up just to move up one spot and draft the doofus.
    I would like to know what the Cardinals did with all of those picks.

  6. Any news about when he is going to be reinstated? I would hate to see his career derailed after so short of a time in the league.

  7. These developments in Leaf’s life makes it even more amazing that the Colts actually struggled with the decision of whether Manning or Leaf should be selected with the first overall pick. ……..Yeah, I remember back in 1998 when you and all the ESPN talking nitwits said the exact samething. You guys all knew what would happen . Good job, Karnak.

  8. The Cards drafted another bust at number 3 in Andre Wadsworth but they made up for the next year with the Chargers 1999 #1 (#8 overall) in taking David Boston! Bahahaha.
    They did get Corey Chavious with the second rounder to safe a little face but that was a very hit or miss first round.
    Curtis Enis, Kevin Dyson, Jason Peter and John Avery say hello.

  9. FibertKiwi71 says…
    “I would like to know what the Cardinals did with all of those picks.”
    ===========================
    RD1-#3-’98 DE Andre Wadsworth
    RD2-#33-’98 DB Corey Chavous
    RD1-#8-’99 WR David Boston
    RB Eric Metcalf
    LB Patrick Sapp
    All for Leaf.

  10. Jabustus won’t beat Feaf until he lies about an injury to play golf (or go to Old Country Buffet), gets caught playing flag football while he is supposed to be injured (lets face it, he’s too lazy for extracirricular activities), and gets charged with breaking and entering to steal drugs from a college kid. Jabustus is just fat, lazy, stupid and got paid WAY too much. He will have to live with being #2.

  11. “I would like to know what the Cardinals did with all of those picks.”
    I couldn’t tell you myself, but even if every single one of them was gone by Day One of the first training camp, collectively they still weren’t as big a bust as Leaf.
    Must suck waking up every day of your life knowingyou are generally regarded as the biggest flop the NFL ever had, and realizing now just what you pissed away then.
    No sympathy for the guy though; he was a douche then and, by breaking into a players apartment to steak illegal meds to feed a drug habit, he’s still a douche now. Shed no tears for Ryan Leaf, felon.

  12. wow, I can’t remember the last time I thought about Ryan Leaf and this is the second time he has come up in conversation for me in two days! I read this little article about his legal troubles, and yesterday I saw a guy wearing an ACTUAL CHARGERS RYAN LEAF JERSEY. I couldn’t believe it. I tried to get a pic from my cell (which is the only reason I feel camera phones are neccessary, to take pics of ridiculous things) but couldnt get him close enough. This week will forever go down as Ryan Leaf Week for me.

  13. FibertKiwi71 says…
    “I would like to know what the Cardinals did with all of those picks.”
    ===========================
    Merriman’s Dealer says: December 9, 2009 9:15 AM:
    RD1-#3-’98 DE Andre Wadsworth
    RD2-#33-’98 DB Corey Chavous
    RD1-#8-’99 WR David Boston
    RB Eric Metcalf
    LB Patrick Sapp
    All for Leaf.”
    ==========
    Thank you for the information. 🙂

  14. Filbertkiwi71 says: “I would like to know what the Cardinals did with all of those picks.”
    =====
    Richm2256 says: December 9, 2009 9:20 AM :
    I couldn’t tell you myself, but even if every single one of them was gone by Day One of the first training camp, collectively they still weren’t as big a bust as Leaf.
    Must suck waking up every day of your life knowingyou are generally regarded as the biggest flop the NFL ever had, and realizing now just what you pissed away then.
    No sympathy for the guy though; he was a douche then and, by breaking into a players apartment to steak illegal meds to feed a drug habit, he’s still a douche now. Shed no tears for Ryan Leaf, felon.
    ==========
    I don’t disagree with you. My point was that the Chargers gave up far too much for Leaf.

  15. I have a feeling that this story may end up w/ Ryan’s body being found in a shady motel somewhere in the middle of nowhere. I hope the guy gets the help he needs. Who cares if his NFL career sucked. He really was a good college QB.

  16. The only negative on Peyton coming out was his inability to beat Florida. He was known for that Manning Face in college and the first half of his pro career when the Patriots owned him. “In big games, Peyton struggles.” Haha, alrighty then.
    Ought to do a profile on Danny Wuerffel, what a great college QB he was and a horrible pro. Or Joey Harrington. Akili Smith, etc. etc. etc.

  17. This loser doesn’t play in the NFL anymore why do you guys out this piece of shit here unless he died or something like that.
    He stunk, you know it, I know it. Move on!

  18. And then they follow it up with the Manning trade. Getting a steroid freak, a kicker choke artist, and a punk, cry-baby QB… and all the Giants got was Eli Manning and a Superbowl ….
    Yo Chargers… stop trading !

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