Jay Glazer of Fox Sports tweeted last night that the Arizona Cardinals had gone ahead and started talking to teams about trading Matt Leinart.
Cards have been contacting teams today shopping qb matt leinart, according to several sources. Unclear what compensation they r looking for
The former 10th-overall draft pick has gone from unchallenged preseason starter, to holding a clipboard to the wildly unproductive Derek Anderson(notes), to making unusual comments about head coach Ken Whisenhunt, and now, to the trading block. It's been an eventful preseason for the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner, but not in any kind of good way.
The only conclusion to be drawn here is that the Cardinals really want Leinart gone. A team does not boot a recent top-10 draft pick, leaving Derek "I'm averaging 5.4 yards per attempt against second-string preseason defenses" Anderson as the unquestioned starter unless they really don't like the other guy.
They're leaving Derek Anderson as their grand plan for the season. Let that sink in for a minute.
I'm sorry, but that doesn't happen if the only issue is Leinart's failure to reach his potential. There's something else going on. If they want to trade him, it's because they think he's an outright harmful influence, and they don't want him around everyone else.
It's not like Leinart has some tremendous trade value that the Cardinals just can't ignore. I'd be surprised if they got anything better than a 4th-round pick for him.
Meanwhile, Adam Schefter, while backing up the report that the Cardinals are actively shopping Leinart, names the Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders and New York Giants as teams that have spoken to the Cards about Leinart. The Giants are in need of a backup after losing Jim Sorgi(notes) for the season, while it seems conceivable that the Raiders, or especially the Bills, could give Leinart a crack at a starting job