After just a couple days following his release from the team that drafted him, former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart has signed a 1-year contract with the Houston Texans. The former Heisman trophy winner from USC was drafted 10th overall in the 2006 NFL draft, but never lived up to his expectations. After being replaced by Derek Anderson as the starting quarterback this preseason, Leinart became frustrated which led to his release from the team.
With the signing of Leinart, it places 3 quarterbacks on the Texans active roster, just like last season. And for the second season in a row, this shows that the Texans don’t have much faith that Orlovsky could get the job done if Schaub were to go down. With Leinart being a project player for Kubiak, if some progression can be make with him, then Orlovsky could see his role with the team disappear permanently. With all the money being invested in Orlovsky as the backup quarterback, it is almost for sure at this point that this could indeed be his final season with the team considering his current ability.
I wasn’t a big fan of the signing, though. Leinard is a bit hot headed, and hasn’t appeared to have been a good leader. That’s also leaving out his poor down field passing and bad timing. As I said, Leinart will be a project player for Kubiak, and if it works out, then he could have a long term job as the backup in Houston if he wishes to stay. Right now, however, Orlovsky is the backup and that’s a problem. At least now there’s something possibly being worked out behind him.