Buffalo Bills Interested In Arizona Cardinals QB Matt Leinart? Say It Ain't So

Chris Trapasso@ChrisTrapassoAnalyst ISeptember 1, 2010

NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 23:  Matt Leinart #7 of the Arizona Cardinals watches from the sidelines during a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on August 23, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. Tennessee defeated Arizona, 24-10.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Matt Leinart, really?

ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted this morning that the Bills, Raiders and Giants are three teams that have discussed trading for Cardinals QB Matt Leinart. 

In my 20+ years of following the Buffalo Bills, I've seen some idiotic decisions, but at this juncture Buffalo couldn't make a more foolish one. 

Any quarterback brought in this late in the preseason would have difficulty learning a new system, even one that's apparently simplistic like Chan Gailey's. 

This shocking report comes four days after Trent Edward's second sharp preseason effort, games in which he led multiple touchdown drives against supposed playoff-caliber opponents. 

The last time I checked, Matt Leinart was struggling mightily in Arizona, and was supplanted by the inconsistent Derek Anderson. 

Leinart's definitely got talent - it was on full display in college, but he's in his fifth year in the league now, and when he's been pushed into the bright lights of a starting NFL job, he's buckled under pressure. 

I know his biggest issues have come this preseason, but nothing from any regular season game in the past makes me believe he's ready to be a viable NFL starter. 

We can't jump the gun on what happens in the exhibition games, and I'm not marking Trent Edwards down for the Pro Bowl, but right now, these quarterbacks seem to be moving in entirely different directions. 

The move would probably require a draft pick, and the acquisition of the agitated, inaccurate and mostly inexperienced Matt Leinart would not help the Buffalo Bills whatsoever. 

His contract would be a problem, also. Leinart is due $2.49 million in base salary in 2010 and he's scheduled to make $7.36 million next year that includes a $5.5 million roster bonus on the first day of the next NFL season (via buffalorumblings.com) - NO Thank you. 

Buffalo has been labeled by many as the club with the worst quarterback situation, but I like what I'm seeing from Edwards and the Bills certainly don't need to complicate things any further. 

I thought we were done with the California QBs? At least Edwards has been through the rigors of playing quarterback in Buffalo.

You think Leinart, who I'd call a prima donna, someone who hasn't felt weather colder than 70 degrees in his life, will some day be a capable signal caller in the Queen City. No way. 

Say it ain't so.