Houston, We Have a Signing: Why Matt Leinart May Be Heading To the Texans

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistSeptember 6, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 16:  Quarterback Matt Leinart #7 of the Arizona Cardinals gestures as he awaits the snap against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Louisana Superdome on January 16, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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On the back end of Darrelle Revis' blockbuster news, recently released Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart now finds himself away from headlines and attention, as he tries to desperately to find a new home before the start of Week 1 this Thursday.

Unfortunately for Leinart, his recent cut hasn't come at the most favorable of times.  Many players have been sent to the chopping block recently, and seeing as though the New York Giants have already answered their backup quarterback needs by signing Sage Rosenfels from Minnesota, Leinart's efforts are no longer needed in Big Blue.

Therefore, it's fair to say that Leinart's options are limited right now.  Most teams have found their chosen starter, and when it comes to backups, just about everybody else is solid in that department, too.

However, luckily for Leinart, there is still a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.  And where is that glimmer coming from?  Funnily enough, it's coming from his former next-door neighbor, the Houston Texans, as it appears that head coach Gary Kubiak isn't all that comfortable with the backup positioning with his team right now.

The reason for Houston's sudden interest in Matt Leinart is questionable.  Although, considering that former USC head coach Pete Carroll wasn't interested in bringing the former USC quarterback to Seattle, perhaps the options have opened up a little for Kubiak and his coaching staff.

Currently, Houston is one of few teams to only feature two quarterbacks on their 53- man roster, and while someone will have to make room for Leinart, it would be sensible for the Texans to gain at least one other backup if things were to go catastrophically wrong this season.

So why do the Texans have a lack of quarterbacks at the position?

As of yesterday the team cut backup David Booty in an attempt to meet roster requirements.  Reports now say that if Leinart signed with the team, ties with Booty would be cut, as the team has already failed to sign him back to the practice squad since his release.

But away from the backup role, how would Leinart benefit the Texans, given that they are perhaps one of the better offenses in the entire AFC this season?

I guess firstly, we wouldn't see much of Leinart to begin with.  Matt Schaub is always going to be the favored starter, and unless he went down with an injury, the team would be utterly stupid to place Leinart in the starting role at all this season.

Secondly, the Texans must also be careful not to play with their team chemistry too much.  We've all seen how explosive Matt Schaub's connections with wide receiver Andre Johnson truly are, and to play with this linkup could be similar to mixing bleach with ammonia; it wouldn't be smart.

Still, the chances of Matt Leinart taking over the starting role are slim, and to have him as the backup would only act as a safety measure rather than anything too serious.

For those of you wondering what would happen to current back up Dan Orlovsky if Matt Leinart was signed, the simple answer would be that he would be demoted to the third-string role. As much as Leinart is questionably talented, we have seen brief glimpses into his passing ability, and he would act as a suitable back up for any team willing to take him on.

Yet before we go ahead and label Leinart as a possibility, Houston fans seems to have expressed their concern.  The simple way to put it is, Texan fans really do believe that Houston would have a problem if Matt Leinart were to even touch this franchise.

In the team's defense, though, Gary Kubiak is noted for his impressive quarterback coaching, so maybe a move further south would not only benefit the Texans, but also help rejuvenate Leinart's career and make people realize why he did actually win the Heisman Trophy back in 2004.

Nothing is set in stone yet for Matt Leinart, and who knows, Seattle may turn around tomorrow and change their mind. 

There are many teams in need of a backup quarterback, and names such as Buffalo, Chicago, Washington, Carolina, Seattle, Cleveland and many others pop up in the conversation.

It isn't dire straits mode for the Texans, but they may not be able to sign Leinart all that easily if they sit back and wait.  If the team is serious about signing him, they should act now.  Even for Leinart's poor displays recently, he seems to be a wanted man, and it's not like no interest at all has been shown.

Houston may have a problem if Matt Leinart is to come to the Texans, but they may solve one as well.  Having only two quarterbacks on the 53 man roster is never recommended, so keep an eye on Gary Kubiak, as he seems willing and ready to fix this problem.

Ryan Cook is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also an NFL columnist for Real Sports Net and a Green Bay Packers writer for Fan Huddle and PackerChatters. Ryan is also a contributing writer for Detroit Lions Talk, Gack Sports and Generation Y Sports.  Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.