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Oakland Raiders: Matt Leinart Likely to Be Signed This Week

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 16: Quarterbacks Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens and Matt Leinart #11 of the Houston Texans greet each other after the Ravens 29-14 win at M&T Bank Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens won 29-14.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Louis MustoContributor IIIJune 14, 2016

It appears the Oakland Raiders will add some insurance behind oft-injured starting quarterback Carson Palmer by adding veteran Matt Leinart.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Leinart is expected to visit Oakland this week.

The 28-year-old quarterback is expected to back up Palmer, his predecessor and fellow Heisman Trophy winner at USC.

Meanwhile, second-year dual-threat Terrelle Pryor will likely lock down the No. 3 spot on the depth chart as he continues to progress at the pro level after being selected in the third round of the 2011 supplemental draft.

The move was first reported as a possibility by ESPN’s Bill Williamson after Leinart was cut last week and it did not appear the Raiders would bring Kyle Boller back.

Leinart reconnects with Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp—his quarterbacks coach with the Houston Texans.

A former Heisman Trophy winner, national champion and first-round draft pick, Leinart failed to live up to the steep expectations as the 10th overall selection in the 2006 NFL draft.

He is a knowledgeable veteran quarterback in the league, though, and would be capable of stepping in should something happen to Palmer. He will not be expected to give much more to the Raiders.

As a pocket passer in a similar mold to Palmer, Leinart appears to be an ideal fit. He would allow for some sense of continuity should something happen to Palmer, unlike Pryor—the only other quarterback currently on the depth chart in Oakland.


Louis Musto is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter here.

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