Arizona Cardinals Dealing? Five Possible Landing Spots for Matt Leinart

Stephen KasperCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2010

Arizona Cardinals Dealing? Five Possible Landing Spots for Matt Leinart

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    Cardinals QB Matt LeinartChristian Petersen/Getty Images

    You can't teach an old dog new tricks, so the saying goes.

    But the Arizona Cardinals thought their old dog Kurt Warner could teach Matt Leinart.

    As a former Heisman trophy winner and first round draft pick, the Cardinals quarterback didn't like it much when the team chose to start newcomer Derek Anderson and keep him on the bench.

    After sitting behind a potential future Hall of Famer in Kurt Warner for a few years, Leinart's play hasn't developed the way the Cardinals organization hoped.

    Now Leinart wants out.

    Here are five possible teams he could end up with very soon.

No. 5: Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Steelers quarterback Byron LeftwichNick Laham/Getty Images

    Obviously, Ben Roethlisberger will be the starter when he comes back from his suspension.

    In the mean time, Pittsburgh is left in the dilemma of choosing Byron Leftwich or Dennis Dixon to play the first few games.

    Leinart would be an upgrade from either of those guys and should he perform well in the games without Big Ben, other teams may take more interest in Leinart in the future.

No. 4: Buffalo Bills

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    Bills quarterback Trent EdwardsBrad White/Getty Images

    Buffalo surprised many in the draft when they passed on Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy.

    The upside of that is they got CJ Spiller.

    The downside however, is Buffalo remains in need a true franchise quarterback, something Matt Leinart hasn't been for Arizona.

    But he could be for Buffalo.

No. 3: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Bucs quarterback Josh FreemanJ. Meric/Getty Images

    Josh Morgan isn't necessarily a bad quarterback.

    In fact, I like him and think he's extremely talented.

    But the fact remains Tampa Bay is still searching for someone to step up as the team leader.

    Leinart could definitely compete with Morgan not only for his starting quarterback position but as the team leader.

No. 2: Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Jaguars quarterback David GarrardNick Laham/Getty Images

    Even Jacksonville fans know that Garrard isn't exactly the top fantasy quarterback.

    No matter where Leinart goes it is likely he won't immediately be a fantasy factor either.

    But who knows?

    Maybe Leinart could be the guy everyone races to get from their fantasy league's free agency in a few weeks.

No. 1: Seattle Seahawks

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    Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    I like what I've seen from Charlie Whitehurst as the Seahawks backup quarterback to Matt Hasselbeck thus far this preseason.

    But head coach Pete Carroll knows the potential of Leinart and to say he wouldn't be at least a little intrigued at the idea of reuniting with his former quarterback at USC would be a lie.

    Hasselbeck won't be there much longer, and Leinart would already have a one-up on Whitehurst just for his relationship with the coach.