Matt Leinart, recently cut by the Arizona Cardinals, agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Texans. Leinart, the 10th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, will become Houston’s third-string quarterback behind Matt Schaub and Dan Orlovsky, but may be upgraded to the second-string depending on how Leinart does with his new offense.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Cardinals cut Leinart after he was replaced by former Cleveland quarterback Derek Anderson. Leinart claimed that he played better than Anderson and that his problems with coach Ken Whisenhunt were “probably away from football.” The team tried to trade him, but weren’t able to. However, by cutting the former USC quarterback, the Cardinals saved the $2.5 million that he was scheduled to make this year.
Matt Leinart has thrown for 3,893 yards with 14 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in his career with the Arizona Cardinals.