When Kurt Warner retired, all signs pointed to QB Matt Leinart finally receiving the reins of the Cardinals. Now the frustrated quarterback is reportedly being shopped around.
League sources are telling ESPN's Adam Schefter that the Bills, Raiders and Giants have had discussions with the Cardinals about trading for Leinart. The former Heisman Trophy winner has been openly frustrated since head coach Ken Whisenhunt named QB Derek Anderson the team's starter for the third preseason game against the Bears.
Leinart and Whisenhunt met Monday, and the coach said Anderson will start Thursday's preseason finale. Leinart told reporters he had outplayed Anderson in training camp and preseason.
Both the Raiders and Giants have injury issues at quarterback. Raiders QB Jason Campbell is recovering from an injury suffered in last Saturday's preseason game, leaving QB Bruce Gradkowski taking the snaps with Campbell out.
The Giants placed backup QB Jim Sorgi on injured reserve Tuesday, and now Rhett Bomar is Eli Manning's sole backup. Bomar has not attempted a pass in a regular-season game.
The Cardinals signed Anderson in March after Cleveland released him, and he is 31-for-59 passing for 287 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions this preseason. Leinart, who has seen less playing time than Anderson, is 19-for-23 passing (83 percent) with one touchdown and no interceptions.
Anderson has more toughness in the pocket, as displayed Saturday night against the Bears, and he throws the deep ball better than Leinart. If the Cardinals decide to trade Leinart and don't acquire another quarterback, the backups will be two rookies, John Skelton and Max Hall.
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