Leinart Out for Arizona, In for Houston
Fresh off being cut loose by the Arizona Cardinals, quarterback Matt Leinart has reportedly signed with the Houston Texans. The Houston Chronicle reports that Leinart’s agent has confirmed a one-year contract with the Texans. The 27-year-old fifth year pro was the 10th overall pick by Arizona in the 2006 NFL Draft, and expected to take over as the team’s starter this year following the retirement of Kurt Warner. But, head coach Ken Whisenhunt instead decided to go with newcomer Derek Anderson as the team’s starter, leading to Leinart’s dismissal. Leinart started 11 games in his rookie season and five more before getting injured in 2007, but was Warner’s backup the past two years. Last year, Leinart threw for just 435 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions in limited time behind Warner. He’s expected to serve as the backup to Texans starter Matt Schaub in Houston. In his NFL career, Leinart has thrown for 3,983 yards with 14 touchdowns and 20 interceptions, following a star-studded collegiate career at USC that included a Heisman Trophy and two national championships.