Matt Leinart Signs With Texans, After Rumors Had Him Going To Seahawks

Seahawks' signing of Tarvaris Jackson apparently convinced Leinart to go to Houston

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Matt Leinart Signs With Texans, After Reportedly Signing With Seahawks

Matt Leinart has signed with the Houston Texans, a day after ESPN reports suggested that he was signing with the Seattle Seahawks. The signing was apparently a bit of a trickle-down effect, created when the Seahawks agreed to terms with Tarvaris Jackson.

In a series of Tweets, Houston Chronicle reporter John McClain explained the situation like this:

Texans have agreed to contract with QB Matt Leinart. Coach Gary Kubiak wanted Matt Leinart back. Leinart told Kubiak he wanted to sign with a team that would give him a chance to start. When Seattle agreed with tavaris jackson, that cleared the door for Leinart to return to texans.

It's hard to imagine Leinart will have a realistic shot at starting in Houston, though. Matt Schaub put up some of the best numbers in the NFL last year, tossing 24 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions, throwing for 4,370 yards and posting a rating of 92.0. That was actually a relatively down year for him, as he has posted even better QB ratings each of the previous two seasons.

Leinart, meanwhile, has never come close to living up to the hype that made him the No. 10 overall pick in the 2006 Draft. In the last four seasons, he's made just six starts. In his career, he has thrown just 14 touchdowns while tossing 20 interceptions.


Matt Leinart Still Weighing Free Agency Options, Reportedly Interested In Seahawks, Redskins

Earlier on Tuesday, it was reported that former Arizona Cardinal Matt Leinart would be joining the parade of uninspiring quarterbacks set to compete to start for the Seattle Seahawks, following the departure of longtime starter Matt Hasselbeck. In Seattle, Leinart would rejoin former USC coach Pete Carroll.

But Leinart himself says that he hasn't signed with the Seahawks.

Just wanted to say I have not signed with Seattle amongst all the speculation. I am still weighing the options. Keep you posted

Leinart may not have signed with the Seahawks yet, but if there's an offer out there for him, he might be wise to consider it. Seattle's top quarterbacks currently are the rather uninspiring duo of Charlie Whitehurst and the recently-signed Tavaris Jackson. The smart money is still on Whitehurst to win the starting job - with the NFL Lockout, training camp will be frantic, and Whitehurst is the only one of the three quarterbacks who's already pretty familiar with Seattle's offense. That said, that offense could be quite bad this year, and there's definitely the possibility that Leinart could worm his way into some playing time at some point.

If he's with the Seahawks, that is. He could also be headed to the Washington Redskins, where he'd compete with John Beck and Rex Grossman. That, too, might be a good situation for him. Stay tuned.

For reaction to the changing Seahawks quarterback situation, check out Field Gulls.


Matt Leinart Joins Tarvaris Jackson In Seattle, Signs With Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks QB position has changed drastically in the past 24 hours. Longtime signal-caller Matt Hasselbeck is out. Tarvaris Jackson was signed early on Tuesday and former USC and Arizona Cardinal QB Matt Leinart will be joining him.

Leinart will now be reunited with with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who coached Leinart to a Heisman Trophy and National Title at USC. Leinart is also hoping to get back some of that former glory as his NFL career has been a disappointment. Leinart fizzled in Arizona, where he was drafted in the first round, and spent 2010 as the Houston Texans' backup.

The folks at Seattle blog Field Gulls are keeping their mind open about The Leinart Experiment:

I wrote earlier that I wouldn't necessarily count Leinart out of the equation, and here we are. As I said, he can run the approximate system Pete Carroll wants to run - and won the Heisman doing so. Yes, he had all-world talent around him and a first-class line and run game to help him there, but somewhere down the line NFL level scouts and front offices determined he had the talent to warrant a top-10 pick. Not that those people are always right, but he has shown flashes of that talent amid the terrible play, and If that talent could be put to use in the right system, he could succeed.. theoretically.

According to Chris Mortensen, Leinart chose the Seahawks over the Washington Redskins, amongst other choices.

Head on over to Field Gulls to talk about the ever-changing Seahawks QB situation.

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