Matt Leinart Signs with Buffalo Bills
UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 25
The Buffalo Bills have confirmed the deal with Leinart on their official Twitter account:
Leinart commented on the deal on his personal Twitter account as well:
Really excited and thankful for the @buffalobills for giving me this opportunity. Been working hard for 8 straight months. Time to go!!— Matt Leinart (@MattLeinartQB) August 25, 2013
FOX Sports 1 NFL insider Mike Garafolo broke the news on Sunday after Leinart worked out for the team:
Filing to @FOXSports1: Bills to sign QB Matt Leinart after workout today.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 25, 2013
Those developments left undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel as the only other quarterback on the Bills roster.
NBC Sports Network's Ross Tucker provided further details concerning Leinart's deal:
If Leinart's on Bills opening day roster his salary's guaranteed for year despite not one OTA or training camp practice— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) August 25, 2013
Leinart enjoyed a prolific college career at the University of Southern California, including a Heisman Trophy-winning campaign in 2004 that resulted in the Arizona Cardinals selecting him No. 10 overall in the 2006 NFL draft.
Unfortunately, things have not gone according to plan for Leinart since. After being supplanted under center by a revitalized Kurt Warner in Arizona, Leinart played for the Houston Texans in 2011 and the Oakland Raiders last season.
In Houston, Leinart had the opportunity to start as a result of a foot injury that sidelined Matt Schaub, but he fractured his collarbone after less than one half.
After only one game of significant action in 2012, the Raiders traded for Matt Flynn and drafted Tyler Wilson to solidify the quarterback depth chart, opting not to bring Leinart back after a one-year deal.
Considering the lack of prior success Leinart has had in the pros, this appears to be an emergency signing by Buffalo.
Leinart will compete with Tuel for the majority of playing time to start out, but once Manuel or Kolb return, he will be on the sidelines. It's even possible Leinart won't ultimately end up on the roster, since Tuel is more familiar with the Bills' new offense.
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