JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 27: Quarterback Matt Leinart #11 of the the Houston Texans looks to pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars November 27, 2011 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. Leinart left the game after an injury and the Texans won 20 - 13. Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Matt Leinart is expected to sign with the Oakland Raiders this week, where he will back up former teammate at USC Carson Palmer.
Matt Leinart is expected to sign with the Oakland Raiders this week, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. He will back up another former USC Trojan and Heisman Trophy winner in Carson Palmer if the deal goes through.
Leinart spent the 2011 season with the Houston Texans, where he appeared in just two games while backing up Matt Schaub and rookie T.J. Yates. Though Leinart is no longer considered a viable franchise passer in the NFL, he can still be a useful insurance policy.
What the potential deal says about Terrelle Pryor, taken in the 3rd round of last year's supplemental draft, is open for interpretation. The beleaguered but talented former Ohio State quarterback didn't do anything last season except record a false start penalty. He missed out on a lot of practice time to serve a five-game suspension, however.
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