The Leinart rumor


Should be a link up soon for an online chat today at noon, at which time I’m sure I’ll be asked about the ESPN report linking Arizona quarterback Matt Leinart to the Raiders.

(Here’s the link to the chat . . . )

Here’s what I think:

— Got an e-mail tip from someone saying they knew someone else who said Jason Campbell’s wrist injury was more serious than the Raiders were letting on and the Leinart option was being explored. Too flimsy to write without corroboration. Didn’t get corroboration. (I’ll only mention it now because it was reported somewhere else).

— Campbell was throwing the ball, seemingly without pain, during the media window the very next day, which seemed to indicate the situation wasn’t dire after all.

— Al Davis, at one time, liked Leinart. Someone in the room the day Art Shell was fired says Davis blamed the former coach for taking Michael Huff over Leinart (or more accurately talking Davis into drafting Huff over Leinart).

— Leinart has given no indication _ zero _ that he’s a top-flight NFL quarterback prospect. The Cardinals tried to give him the job in 2008, but he was so awful during a preseason game in Oakland (4-for-12, 3 interceptions) he lost his job. You could say the Raiders were indirectly responsible for putting the Cardinals in the Super Bowl, because Leinart’s replacement was Kurt Warner.

At this point, Leinart looks like a quarterback who was carried to his prospect status as a collegian by a stunningly talented supporting cast at USC. Think Gino Toretta and Ken Dorsey at Miami.

— At no point in his career has Leinart had a game which equaled the one Bruce Gradkowski put together last season in Pittsburgh. He threw for 405 yards once, but it was a loss in which he threw a pair of interceptions.

Gradkowski over Leinart? In a heartbeat. Kyle Boller, too. Maybe even Colt Brennan.

— Jay Glazer, the Fox Sports reporter who works as a mixed martial arts trainer with Leinart, told the Dan Patrick Show (per Profootballtalk.com) Leinart wants to start someplace. He feels he’s “done enough” to be a starter.

So Leinart is apparently delusional as well.

— Leinart is making nearly $2.5 million this year and scheduled to make more than $7 million next year.

Unless Leinart would be willing to take a pay cut, and the Cardinals were willing to accept a Raiders overture something along the lines of, “Hey, we’ve got this Alex Daniels guy you may have heard of” then the dots on this story don’t connect in terms of Leinart being a Raider.

If they did connect, it would be their worst decision since the Javon Walker-DeAngelo Hall-Gibril Wilson spending spree.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Morning Raccoon!

    Carmelo to the Lakers!

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!

  • The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 9:07 am
    Al Davis stays relevant by letting Bill Belichick crap on his face once a year.


    Keep your fetish fantasies to yourself, weirdo.

    Your Davis fixation is a well established fact, as is your lack of sexual morals (i.e. cousin hustling). Please lets not mix your two biggest pathologies, at least not here in public.


  • fletcher

    Did I miss something??? When did they mention anything regarding a time table for Cambell to return? The guy hurt his wrist… continued to play in a meaningless game… threw the ball at practice the following day. You don’t do those things if it’s an injury that is going to keep him out of the line up. He didn’t practice on Tues. It was a padded practice. I’m sure he probably won’t play Thurs. a Real meaningless game. If he does it will be a scripted drive that consists of hand offs and screen passes. Even still … Bruce Gradkowski looked sharp the other night. Hit his recievers in stride and on the money. Probably not missing anything with him in there. He seems to be one of those back ups that looks to be ready to step up to be a starter. We probably are going to get some teams taking a long look at him for a good trade. Boller looked good enough to be a #2 qb. Gradkowski is probably a better qb then at least 3 or 4 teams opening day starter.

  • Tom "pimp hand" cable

    maan, al needs to be on the phone with the chargers discussing a trade for vincent jackson.

  • DirtyRaccoon

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 9:09 am
    Ooooooh…. I got “nothin”. Ladies and Gentlemen, Apollo Creed has just entered the room.


    Told ya.

  • kidseven

    Randy Hanson has a glass jaw.

  • LT_Raider

    No Leinart … please.

  • JLofty

    That was an excellent blog post Jerry. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • Toyz

    we need to go after Vincent Jackson do a 3 way deal tell seatle to get him and then trade with seatle

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  • jidgemlb@hotmail.com

    “Schefter Makes Untrue Statements Regarding Raiders: ESPN’s Adam Schefter is once again making untrue statements about The Oakland Raiders, this time regarding Matt Leinart. The Raiders are very happy about their quarterback situation.”

  • DKnight007

    Sooooooo sooooorrrryyyy Leinart.

    His services are not needed here in Oakland. The QB situation is set for at least two more years IMO.

    Looks like the Raiders did make the right decision to pass on “Hollywood” Matt Leinart and take Huff ahead of him.

    Even though the team made up for that by taking JaBustas.

  • LhayeS37

    we don’t need another overated ex trojan,mike wiliams,darnell bing ring a bell?

  • LhayeS37

    whatis theover on chris johnson rushing yards for week 1?160 perhaps

  • PurpleDrank81

    What we need is an offensive line

  • marios