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NFL: New York Giants Place Jim Sorgi On IR; Target Matt Leinart As Backup

CHICAGO - AUGUST 28: Matt Leinart #7 of the Arizona Cardinals walks in the bench area during a preseason game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on August 28, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cardinals defeated the Bears 14-9. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Jeff ShullAnalyst ISeptember 1, 2010

Matt Leinart? Really? Are the Giants that desperate for a competent backup to Eli Manning that they would actually trade people to get someone who has looked downright awful in his short stint with the Arizona Cardinals?

With Jim Sorgi being placed on IR yesterday they are in desperate need for a backup, but they can’t be that desperate, can they? The funny thing is the Giants probably won’t need the services of a backup, but to have their name leaked like this reeks of desperation.

For the team's sake, I hope they find a suitable backup before they have to pull off this trade. Especially considering the fact that they really don't have anyone on the team that I would like to see moved just for depth behind Manning, who has shown he is very durable by never missing a start.

Earlier today, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported three teams that had contacted the Cardinals about Leinart's services, the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills being the other two.

The other two teams make sense since the problems Leinart and the organization are having is due to him not starting, so I don't know why the Giants would bring him in to be the backup. It seems fairly obvious that the situation would not work in New York.

Buffalo has also come out and adamantly denied wanting to trade for Leinart, despite inquiring about him earlier this summer. 

The Raiders brought in Jason Campbell and all indications are that he is going to be the starter, but the move for Leinart could provide some much needed competition that will impact Campbell's play in the regular season.

This wouldn't bode well for the locker room if they bring in someone who doesn't want to be there, and, as expected, recent updates to the story claim that the talks have basically been shut down in the organization.

Giants beat writer Vinny DiTrani tweeted earlier claiming the Giants have all but ended discussions about the troubled former USC standout.

This is good news because frankly the Giants don't need a high profile backup given Manning's ability to stay on the field.

Rhett Bomar will have to do for now, and they may even go to the 53-man roster with just two QBs, rather than the traditional three, to make room for all the weapons that seem to be surrounding Manning at the moment.

Follow Jeff on Twitter @NYG_Central, and find more updates on the story as well as any Giants news at NY Giants Central, a product of Rant Sports.

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