Depending on whom you believe, the Raiders have either had discussions with the Arizona Cardinals about acquiring underachiever Matt Leinart or they’re simply not in on the Leinart fire sale at all.
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter lists the Raiders among the teams interested in the services of the former USC golden boy. Meanwhile, MMA aficionado turned NFL scoop king Jay Glazer denies the Raiders have had any talks with the Cardinals.
Being that Glazer is the original source for the story since he has a working relationship with Leinart, I’m a little more inclined to lean towards Fox Sports on this one. Glazer went on Dan Patrick’s nationally syndicated radio show this morning to refute the ESPN report.
Chalk this one up to another pissing contest between Schefter and Glazer.
However, if the Raiders are interested in Leinart it begs a few questions. With the outstanding play of both Kyle Boller and most recently Bruce Gradkowski, it would appear the Raiders are set at the QB position with Jason Campbell as the starter. Why would they then pursue Leinart this late in camp? For a guy who has had trouble grasping an offense he’s played in for the last four years, Leinart doesn’t impress as a quick study.
For those looking for a Raider conspiracy theory, look no further than Jason Campbell’s recent wrist injury. Of course, those who actually saw him in action yesterday reported no signs of any serious damage, but that hardly matters to ESPN when it comes to reporting anything Raider related. Right, Chris Mortensen?
Overall, the Raiders have nothing to gain by taking on Leinart. While Al Davis might have a soft spot for his USC alum, he’s not the type of thrower Mr. Davis covets. One of the biggest problems Leinart has had in Arizona is his inability to throw the deep ball. While Campbell is known for his conservative play, he does have a cannon capable of launching footballs like rockets out of Cape Canaveral. Leinart, on the other hand, couldn’t stretch a field if it were made of Silly Putty.