Matt Leinart Wants To Stay with Cardinals: Five Teams in Need of His Services

Steven FinchCorrespondent IMarch 13, 2009

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart has stated that he is not looking to be traded from the team.

It seems he is happy with sitting on the bench for the next two years.

This had me thinking: What teams are in need of his services?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Now that quarterback Jeff Garcia is not returning to the team, the Bucs are stuck with Luke McCown.

McCown is an unproven player in the NFL. The Bucs need to look for a better option, if not just a good competition for the starting role.

Most mock drafts have the team picking Josh Freeman from Kansas State.

Wouldn't it be a good option to trade for Matt Leinart? He would be better than starting the season with McCown or Freeman.

San Francisco 49ers

Shaun Hill is not the answer, and apparently neither was drafting Alex Smith No. 1 overall in 2005.

The team skipped over Aaron Rodgers in that draft which prompted me to look at the numbers.

Smith has 30 starts under his belt with only 4,679 yards passing and 19 touchdowns to 31 interceptions.

Rodgers has started 16 starts, passing for 4,367 yards and 29 touchdowns to 14 interceptions.

Why should the team wait any longer to replace Steve Young? Trade for Leinart.

St. Louis Rams

If you are new head coach Steve Spagnuolo, do you start Marc Bulger or Trent Green? I say neither.

Let's just go ahead and say that Green is done as an NFL player. No one should want that many concussions.

Bulger demanded more money, and hasn't proven he deserved it since the ink dried on the dotted line.

The team should cut ties sooner than later with both QBs. Why not try Leinart?

Chicago Bears

We all know their troubles at the quarterback position, and I know they have Kyle Orton.

Why not bring in Leinart to compete for the starting job there?

Even if Orton wins the job, what if he gets hurt like he did last season?

Would the Bears be comfortable with going to QB Brett Basanez? I know—you're wondering who that is.

Houston Texans

Matt Schaub was heralded as the best unknown option at quarterback when he was traded to the Texans in 2007. Since then he has missed 10 out of 32 games for the team.

Then as if things couldn't get any worse, they trade away Sage Rosenfels to the Minnesota Vikings.

Rosenfels could be a good option if you can teach him how not to fumble the game away. Rex Grossman anyone?

Now that he's gone, all they have is an oft-injured player. Why not bring in Leinart?

It doesn't seem as if Leinart will be going anywhere and he is more than happy to get paid for sitting on his rear.

If I know football players, they are competitors and they all want to start games.

These are just five teams I think would benefit from his services. There may be many more. Other notable teams would be the Jets, Lions, Vikings, Jaguars, and the Titans.

If you were the GM for any of these teams, would you trade for him?


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