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  Titans | Could work out Matt Leinart    Mon Sep 30, 06:21 PM

The Tennessee Titans have considered working out free-agent QB Matt Leinart (Bills).

Footballguys view: The Titans are exploring all options at backup QB. Ryan Fitzpatrick will start while Jake Locker is out.

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  Bills | Matt Leinart cut    Fri Aug 30, 11:26 AM

The Buffalo Bills released QB Matt Leinart.

Footballguys view: Leinart's return to possible relevance was short-lived. The Bills would rather start an undrafted rookie than put Leinart out there next week.

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  Bills | Matt Leinart struggles in first game action    Fri Aug 30, 03:54 AM

Buffalo Bills QB Matt Leinart was 3 for 11 for 11 yards and was lifted after just five possessions in a 35-13 loss to the Detroit Lions on Thursday, Aug. 29.

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  Bills | Matt Leinart signs    Sun Aug 25, 05:00 PM

The Buffalo Bills signed free-agent QB Matt Leinart (Raiders) to an undisclosed deal.

Footballguys view: Leinart will get a lot of play next week, and if EJ Manuel isn't ready to go for week 1, he could open the season as the Bills starting quarterback. It's not impossible that both Leinart and Vince Young start a game in the NFL this year.

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  Jets | Will work out two QBs    Sun Aug 25, 11:21 AM

The New York Jets are expected to work out free-agent QB Matt Leinart (Raiders) and QB John Beck (Texans).

Footballguys view: If the team feels Geno Smith isn't ready and Mark Sanchez isn't healthy enough to start vs. the Bucs in week 1, one of these two street free agents could be kicking off the 2013 campaign as the Jets starter.

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  Bills | Will work out two QBs    Sat Aug 24, 09:10 PM

The Buffalo Bills are scheduled to work out free-agent QBs Matt Leinart (Raiders) and John Beck (Texans).

Footballguys view: Haven't Bills fans suffered enough? Leinart and Beck are not the answer for the Bills but they're desperate right now after losing Kevin Kolb to a concussion. Rookie E.J. Manuel is recovering from a minor knee injury but his status for the opening week of the season is up in the air.

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  Seahawks | Not ready to sign QB    Mon Apr 8, 06:46 PM

The Seattle Seahawks worked out free-agent QBs Tyler Thigpen (Bills), Seneca Wallace (Browns), Matt Leinart (Raiders) and Brady Quinn (Chiefs) Monday, April 8, but will take some time before signing one of them.

Footballguys view: There's no rush for the team to bring another QB into the fold at this time. They are looking for an athletic backup QB since they traded Matt Flynn to the Raiders.

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  Seahawks | Will meet with four QBs    Sun Apr 7, 02:14 PM

The Seattle Seahawks are scheduled to meet with free-agent QBs Matt Leinart (Raiders), Brady Quinn (Chiefs), Seneca Wallace (Browns) and Tyler Thigpen (Bills). The meetings are expected to include workouts for each quarterback.

Footballguys view: The Seahawks are looking for a backup QB behind Russell Wilson. Wallace or Thigpen would be the best fit because both are athletic and can run an option offense.

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  Seahawks | Could show interest in two QBs    Sat Apr 6, 01:17 PM

The Seattle Seahawks could show interest in free-agent QBs Brady Quinn (Chiefs) and Matt Leinart (Raiders) to be their backup quarterback.

Footballguys view: Quinn or Leinart would give the team veteran depth at the position they need since trading away Matt Flynn to the Raiders. However, neither would be a great fit to run the read option offense if starter Russell Wilson missed time with an injury.

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  Seahawks | Matt Leinart could be option    Mon Apr 1, 01:20 PM

The Seattle Seahawks could show interest in free-agent QB Matt Leinart (Raiders) to be their No. 2 quarterback.

Footballguys view: The Seahawks need a backup QB behind starter Russell Wilson but we see Leinart as an odd fit. They may also have interest in Tyler Thigpen, and that move would make more sense because Thigpen is athletic and could run an option offense.

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  Buccaneers | Matt Leinart unlikely to be FA option    Sun Mar 3, 11:55 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers likely will not show interest in Oakland Raiders impending free-agent QB Matt Leinart when free agency begins because his lack of ideal arm strength probably would not fit well in the team's offensive system.

Footballguys view: Leinart should be able to find a backup job somewhere for the right price. However, we don't expect teams to be falling all over themselves to sign the first-round bust.

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  Vikings | Looking for backup QB options    Mon Jan 21, 06:23 PM

The Minnesota Vikings will be looking for quarterbacks to compete with QB Joe Webb to the backup position for QB Christian Ponder this offseason. Free-agent QBs Derek Anderson (Panthers), Matt Moore (Dolphins), David Carr (Giants), Matt Leinart (Raiders), Byron Leftwich (Steelers), Bruce Gradkowski (Bengals), Jason Campbell (Bears) and Rex Grossman (Redskins) are options.

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  Raiders | Matt Leinart, Terrelle Pryor split reps     Wed Dec 26, 04:26 PM

Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said QBs Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor evenly split reps during practice Wednesday, Dec. 26.

Footballguys view: We think Leinart will start for the Raiders in week 17. However, he could have a short leash if he struggles against the Chargers. The team wants to see what they have in Pryor as he's been developing over the last two seasons.

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  Raiders | Two options to start at QB     Mon Dec 24, 04:36 PM

Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said QB Matt Leinart and QB Terrelle Pryor will be considered to start Week 17 with QB Carson Palmer (ribs, lung) being injured.

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  Raiders | Matt Leinart finishes up    Sun Dec 23, 08:47 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Matt Leinart came on for an injured QB Carson Palmer (ribs) in the Week 16 game against the Carolina Panthers. Leinart completed 16 of his 32 passes for 115 yards and an interception in his most extensive game action since Nov. 29, 2009. Leinart said he is going to prepare for Week 17 as if he is the starter.

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  Raiders | Terrelle Pryor still not ready?    Sun Dec 23, 08:46 PM

Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said Sunday, Dec. 23, that QB Terrelle Pryor is still not ready to be the team's primary option should their starter go down. '(Matt Leinart is) our backup quarterback,' Allen said. 'Terrelle's done a nice job. He's working extremely hard. We don't feel like he's ready to be the backup quarterback just yet.'

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  Raiders | Matt Leinart could see time    Fri Dec 14, 10:48 PM

Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen indicated Friday, Dec. 14, that QB Matt Leinart could possibly see game action in the final three weeks, as the club evaluates every player on its 53-man roster.

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  Raiders | Matt Leinart game-time decision Saturday     Thu Aug 23, 09:17 AM

Oakland Raiders QB Matt Leinart (finger) is considered a game-time decision for the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 25. Leinart participated in some drills in practice Wednesday, Aug. 22, with his right index finger taped up.

Footballguys view: If Leinart can't play because of this injury we'll see more from third-string QB Terrelle Pryor. He's been rough this preseason and needs as much work/experience as he can get.

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  Raiders | Matt Leinart injury update     Sat Aug 18, 08:18 AM

Oakland Raiders QB Matt Leinart's (finger) injury in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 17, was on his non-throwing hand, and he only needed stitches to repair the damage.

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  Raiders | Matt Leinart leaves with finger injury    Sat Aug 18, 12:40 AM

Oakland Raiders QB Matt Leinart (finger) left the preseason game Friday, Aug. 17, against the Arizona Cardinals due to a finger injury to his non-throwing hand.

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  Raiders | Matt Leinart clearly No. 2 QB     Mon Aug 13, 11:14 AM

Oakland Raiders QB Matt Leinart is far ahead of QB Terrelle Pryor on the depth chart as the team's backup quarterback. Leinart has been sharp in camp while Pryor has been inconsistent.

Footballguys view: Pryor is a developmental prospect for the Raiders with high upside, but he's still a long way from a finished product. We're anxious to see how Pryor looks in the preseason, and like him as a lottery ticket pick in super deep dynasty leagues.

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  Raiders | Matt Leinart has been sharp in camp     Wed Aug 8, 01:06 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Matt Leinart is having an impressive training camp. His accuracy and ball placement have been stellar.

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  Raiders | Terrelle Pryor, Mark Leinart sharing reps    Thu Aug 2, 01:50 AM

Oakland Raiders QBs Terrelle Pryor and Matt Leinart are splitting second-team reps in practice.

Footballguys view: If Pryor can beat our Leinart to back up Palmer, he could be a promising dynasty league hold as a running quarterback.

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  Raiders | QB Pryor making positive strides    Sun May 27, 03:19 PM

Vittorio Tafur, from the San Francisco Chronicle, reports Raiders second-year QB Terrelle Pryor is making positive impressions at OTAs. "He has all kinds of talent," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "He's not there from a mental standpoint, from a fundamental standpoint, which is true of 99 percent of the young quarterbacks that come into this league. But he's hungry for it and he is working very hard."

Footballguys view: Pryor is the clear cut No. 3 QB on the Raiders this year behind Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. He's been able to work with coaches closely this offseason and is an intriguing prospect in deep dynasty leagues. Pryor is big, athletic, and has a strong arm. He needs to improve his decision making, footwork, and accuracy before he gets a chance at playing time.

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  Raiders | Will have competition for No. 2 QB job    Thu May 3, 02:21 PM

Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said QBs Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor will compete for the backup quarterback job during training carmp. The loser of the competition likely would be the No. 3 quarterback.

Footballguys view: If Leinart can't beat out a raw prospect like Pryor then he's best served hanging up his cleats. Pryor is big, athletic, and has a strong arm but he's far from being ready to play as a pro.

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  Raiders | Still have confidence in Terrelle Pryor     Thu May 3, 09:40 AM

Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said the team remains confident in QB Terrelle Pryor becoming a pro quarterback despite the addition of QB Matt Leinart. 'We're always going to try to make moves to do whatever we feel like is going to make this football team be better. And we've brought another quarterback in to compete,' Allen said. 'At the end of the day, just like anything else, we're going to have everybody compete and the best players are going to play and that's how we're going to stack the depth chart up.' Allen added Pryor has all kinds of talent.

Footballguys view: The 2011 Supplemental Draft pick is still very raw and needs more time to develop. We'll see how he looks this year in the preseason before determining where he's at in his development.

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  Raiders | Matt Leinart signed     Wed May 2, 07:57 AM

Updating a previous item, the Oakland Raiders have signed QB Matt Leinart to a one-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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  Raiders | To sign Matt Leinart    Tue May 1, 06:39 PM

The Oakland Raiders plan to sign free-agent QB Matt Leinart (Texans), according to a league source. Leinart, not QB Terrelle Pryor, is expected to be the backup to QB Carson Palmer.

Footballguys view: Pryor is still considered a developmental QB as he's too raw to rely on as a backup QB at this point. Raiders Offensive Coordinator Greg Knapp was Leinart's quarterbacks coach with the Houston Texans, so the transition to the Raiders shouldn't be that tough for the veteran QB.

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  Raiders | GM confirms Matt Leinart visit     Mon Apr 30, 09:45 AM

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said the team will hold a workout for free-agent QB Matt Leinart (Texans). However, McKenzie would not say a signing is imminent. 'What we're doing, we're bringing in Matt Leinart for a tryout. Signing and all of that, that's secondary. But we're bringing him in for a tryout,' McKenzie said.

Footballguys view: It would be too perfect for Leinart to end up with the Raiders. Many QBs have worn the Silver & Black in their final days in the league. Leinart would get to play behind a fellow USC Trojan, QB Carson Palmer. Second-year QB Terrelle Pryor would likely play as the third-string, developmental QB.

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  Raiders | Matt Leinart would be No. 2 QB     Sat Apr 28, 09:46 AM

If the Oakland Raiders sign free-agent QB Matt Leinart (Texans), as expected, he will serve as the team's No. 2 quarterback. Most people around the league thought QB Terrelle Pryor had the inside track on the team's backup quarterback job. However, a new Raiders front office and coaching staff has targeted changes at the position, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Pryor was seen as a three-year project so it's not surprising that after only one year he would still be the third-string QB. He's got a ton of athleticism, arm strength, and size, but he needs to improve his accuracy and decision making before he ever sees the field.

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  Raiders | Matt Leinart to visit    Sat Apr 28, 09:44 AM

Free-agent QB Matt Leinart (Texans) is scheduled to visit the Oakland Raiders next week, a trip during which he is likely to sign with the team, according to league sources.

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  Raiders | Could show interest in Matt Leinart    Sun Mar 18, 05:03 PM

The Oakland Raiders could show interest in free-agent QB Matt Leinart (Texans) because of his relationship with offensive coordinator Greg Knapp.

Footballguys view: Some things just make sense.

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  Texans | Matt Leinart cut    Mon Mar 12, 09:34 PM

The Houston Texans released QB Matt Leinart Monday, March 12.

Footballguys view: The Texans are in the running for QB Peyton Manning but they didn't cut Leinart to make room for him as the move only clears $1.75 million in salary. They cut Leinart because he just can't make it with their team. We can't imagine the market being white hot for Leinart's services.

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  Texans | Two expected to compete for No. 2 QB job    Fri Feb 24, 01:16 PM

Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said QBs Matt Leinart and T.J. Yates will compete for the No. 2 quarterback job during training camp.

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  Texans | Surgery delayed for Matt Leinart    Sat Dec 3, 12:32 AM

Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said Friday, Dec. 2, that the surgery for QB Matt Leinart (collarbone) has been moved from Thursday, Dec. 1, to Tuesday, Dec. 6, because the quarterback is battling an illness.

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  Texans | Matt Leinart officially placed on IR    Wed Nov 30, 11:13 PM

The Houston Texans officially announced the signing of free-agent QB Jake Delhomme (Browns) Wednesday, Nov. 30, as well as the announcement that QB Matt Leinart (collarbone) has been placed on the season-ending Injured Reserve list.

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  Texans | Matt Leinart needs surgery    Mon Nov 28, 05:43 PM

Houston Texans QB Matt Leinart (collarbone) will need to have season-ending surgery to fix a fractured collarbone. The surgery will take place within the next week. QB T.J. Yates will start versus the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13, with QB Kellen Clemens as the backup.

Footballguys view: We like Yates, but this is a lot to ask from a late-round rookie. Yates is an athletic, tough, and gritty QB who will go down swinging. His biggest flaw is his decision making as he doesn't go through his progressions quickly and will too often force passes into coverage. We'll see if Houston signs another QB off the street, or if they lure Brett Favre out of retirement.

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  Texans | Matt Leinart expected to miss season    Sun Nov 27, 04:43 PM

Houston Texans QB Matt Leinart (collarbone) is expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering a broken collarbone in Week 12.

Footballguys view: The Texans will certainly look to the waiver wire for another veteran QB (maybe even someone whose name rhymes with Met Larve) with only a rookie and a street free agent on the roster at the position on a playoff bound team.

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  Texans | Matt Leinart will not return    Sun Nov 27, 02:54 PM

Updating a previous report, Houston Texans QB Matt Leinart (shoulder) will not return to the game Week 12 because of a left shoulder injury.

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  Texans | Matt Leinart injured Week 12    Sun Nov 27, 02:08 PM

Houston Texans QB Matt Leinart (shoulder) left the game early in Week 12 after suffering a left shoulder injury and went to the locker room. He was replaced by QB T.J. Yates.

Footballguys view: Leinart injured his shoulder in 2007 and Kurt Warner had the best late career renaissance we've ever seen. We don't expect to see him again this year.

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  Texans | Matt Schaub has significant foot injury    Mon Nov 14, 04:53 PM

Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub (foot) suffered a significant foot injury in Week 10 and will miss some playing time. Schaub will be wearing a walking boot this week and is scheduled to meet with a foot specialist in the next week.

Footballguys view: The Texans will now turn to Matt Leinart as their starter while Schaub is out. They have a bye in week 11, and return in week 12 against Jacksonville. Hopefully they'll get WR Andre Johnson back from his hamstring injury to help out Leinart.

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  Texans | Eight probable    Fri Oct 21, 05:39 PM

Houston Texans OG Mike Brisiel (shin), OT Duane Brown (knee), LB Brian Cushing (elbow), CB Johnathan Joseph (shoulder), QB Matt Leinart (thumb), S Danieal Manning (leg), LB DeMeco Ryans (hamstring) and LB Darryl Sharpton (back, groin) are listed as probable for Week 7. Brown, Cushing, Joseph, Leinart and Sharpton practiced in full Friday, Oct. 21.

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  Texans | Matt Leinart gets reps in practice    Thu Oct 20, 01:13 AM

Although QB Matt Leinart received more reps in practice Wednesday, Oct. 19, QB Matt Schaub (shoulder) is expected to start in Week 7. 'We're giving Leinart a lot more work, especially on Wednesdays and Thursdays right now,' head coach Gary Kubiak said. '(Schaub) is pushing through, and we just need to get him through a week where he's not getting beat up very much. But he worked today.'

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  Texans | Matt Leinart, T.J. Yates to split snaps    Thu Sep 1, 01:46 AM

Houston Texans QBs Matt Leinart and T.J. Yates will split the snaps in the preseason finale Thursday, Sept. 1, against the Minnesota Vikings with QB Matt Schaub being rested.

Footballguys view: There's a chance that Yates wins the job over Leinart as the primary backup behind Schuab. Yates is a tough QB, who will stand in the pocket, take a big hit, and still deliver the football. He also has enough scrambling ability to keep a play alive with his feet while keeping his eyes downfield.

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  Texans | Matt Leinart to see bulk of action    Mon Aug 15, 07:25 PM

Houston Texans QB Matt Leinart will see the bulk of snaps in the team's preseason game against the New York Jets Monday, Aug. 15.

Footballguys view: Leinart has imploded in spectacular fashion in the preseason before, so this could be must-see TV.

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  Texans | Matt Leinart agrees to terms    Wed Jul 27, 02:01 PM

The Houston Texans have agreed to terms with free-agent QB Matt Leinart (Texans). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: No Pete Carroll reunion for Leinart this year. The Texans wanted to keep him around as a backup behind starter Matt Schaub. He may have had a chance to start in Seattle, but will have little chance to see the field in the regular season unless Schaub is hurt.

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  Redskins | Interested in Matt Leinart    Wed Jul 27, 03:05 AM

The Washington Redskins have entered the bidding war for free-agent QB Matt Leinart (Texans), who is also drawing interest from the Seattle Seahawks. Leinart, as reported, is currently weighing his options.

Footballguys view: Leinart is talking to the two teams with the worst quarterback situations in the league, assuming that Arizona acquires Kyle Orton or Kevin Kolb.

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  Seahawks | Matt Leinart not signed    Wed Jul 27, 02:23 AM

Contrary to previous reports, unrestricted free-agent QB Matt Leinart (Texans) tweeted that he has not signed with the Seattle Seahawks. 'I am still weighing the options,' Leinart said on his Twitter account.

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  Seahawks | Battle at quarterback    Wed Jul 27, 01:46 AM

Seattle Seahawks QBs Charlie Whitehurst and newly acquired Tarvaris Jackson are expected to be given the first shot at battling for the team's starting quarterback duties. Jackson has experience in the offense, as he played in the same while with the Minnesota Vikings. They may not be the long-term answer to the quarterback position, as Seattle could revisit their quarterback position after the offseason. Free-agent QB Matt Leinart (Texans) may also be part of the equation in 2011.

Footballguys view: Whitehurst has a head start as he was with Pete Carroll and company last year. Jackson has familiarity with the offense as he worked with Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell in Minnesota. Leinart is yet another Trojan trying to jump start his career. Pete Carroll worked magic with WR Mike Williams last year and will try to get Leinart's pro career back on track.

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  Seahawks | Matt Leinart considering joining team    Tue Jul 26, 07:27 PM

Chris Mortensen, of ESPN, reports that the Seahawks are interesting in signed QB Matt Leinart.

Footballguys view: Pete Carroll trying to recapture the old USC magic again. The Seahawks QB situation may be the worst in the league when the season opens.

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