Matt Leinart released? It seemed far-fetched, but the Arizona Cardinals will release Matt Leinart. Leinart getting released by Arizona didn’t seem like a good option for Arizona, and coming into the 2010 season, it really looked like Leinart was about to take control of this team. When Kurt Warner decided to retire from the NFL after Arizona lost in the NFL Playoffs, it looked the way had been paved for Leinart to take control of this team. That won’t be the case though, because according to ESPN, Leinart will be released by the end of the day. So what brought Leinart and the Cardinals to this point of no return? That question will be asked repeatedly if the new Cardinals quarterback does not impress fans this season.
Leinart was the quarterback in Arizona until they took a flyer on Kurt Warner, and Warner ended up stealing the starting job away from Leinart. It was a great decision for Arizona at the time, and Warner took them all the way to the Super Bowl. Leinart was relegated to the back-up role for that span of time, but with Warner gone, he was supposed to step back into the starting job. Then this offseason, the Cardinals went out signed Derek Anderson, who had been released by the Cleveland Browns. It was a cheap signing that would give them a back-up behind Leinart, but during the summer training camps, it is apparent that Anderson won a lot of favor with the team. Now Arizona is ready to move forward with Anderson as the starting quarterback, leaving no room for Leinart on the roster.
There had been offers coming from other teams, including the Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders, and New York Giants, but for some reason nobody was able to get Arizona to settle on a deal. The quarterback controversy is going to come to an end with Leinart simply getting waived by the team. Their former first round selection is now going to have the ability to re-start his NFL career with a new franchise, but he certainly won’t be parting on good terms with the Cardinals. Instead of Leinart, the Cardinals will move forward with Max Hall and John Skelton as their second and third string quarterbacks. If Anderson gets hurt, even for a game, this could leave Arizona in a desperate situation by cutting Leinart. Leinart will get a chance to shine somewhere else, and Arizona will definitely pay for the decision if Leinart finds success in a new city.