2012 NFL Free Agency: Matt Leinart Reportedly Likely to Sign with Raiders

Field Yates@FieldYatesCorrespondent IIIApril 28, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 27:   Matt Leinart #11 of the Houston Texans in action during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars  at EverBank Field on November 27, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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The Oakland Raiders are "likely" to sign free-agent quarterback Matt Leinart this week, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The move would give the team another backup option behind Carson Palmer, who is entering his first full year as the team's starter and hoping to improve after having to learn the playbook on the fly last season.

Originally the 10th overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft of the Arizona Cardinals, Leinart has had an underachieving career after starring at USC. 

The former Heisman Trophy winner played in 12 games as a rookie, finishing with 2,547 passing yards to go along with 11 TDs, 12 INTs and a quarterback rating of just 74.0. 

He lasted three more seasons in Arizona before being cut just prior to the 2010 regular season. He was signed shortly thereafter by the Houston Texans, where he served primarily as backup for two seasons.

Leinart looked to have his shot to resume a starting role in 2011 when Matt Schaub went down for the Texans, but he lasted just one half as Houston's starter before going down with a season-ending injury. 

In Oakland, Leinart would reunite with Gregg Knapp, his quarterbacks coach with the Texans and the current offensive coordinator for Oakland.

The team also signed quarterback Rhett Bomar to a reserve/future contract earlier this offseason.  

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