Leinart was selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2006 draft and looked to be headed for greatness early in his career. In his rookie season, Leinart threw for over 2,500 yards and 11 touchdowns in just 12 games. Furthermore, his QB rating of 74.0 was more than adequate for a first-year starter.
From that point on, things went downhill for Leinart. He broke his collarbone in Week 5 of the 2007 season and missed the remainder of the year. Leinart was continually hailed as the Cardinals' starter heading into 2008, but he lost those duties after a suspect preseason. Warner replaced Leinart as the full-time starter prior to the season opener and responded by leading Arizona to its first ever Super Bowl berth.
While Leinart (6'5", 232 pounds) has prototypical size, his lack of arm strength has hampered him up to this point in his career. In addition, Leinart has fallen under scrutiny for his lack of focus on and off the field.
Outside of the Green Bay Packers, the NFC North division is in desperate need of capable quarterbacks. The Detroit Lions currently have Daunte Culpepper as their starting quarterback but will more than likely invest a high draft pick on a younger option. Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears have been in search of a long-term solution at quarterback. Kyle Orton is the starter for now but he has plenty of skeptics in the Windy City.
Another possible landing spot for Leinart could be with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While it's probably a long shot, the Buccaneers arguably need a starting quarterback more than anyone in the league. Due to the retirement of Brett Favre, the New York Jets are also looking for their heir apparent. However, the Jets already have Kellen Clemens on the roster and his stock is similar to that of Leinart.
The Minnesota Vikings were in the market for a new quarterback, but their recent trade for Sage Rosenfels may have satisfied them for the time being. Rosenfels has been an exceptional backup for the Houston Texans and is expected to dethrone incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson as soon as this year.
Leinart may be in need a fresh start but his value is at an all-time low for the Cardinals. Unless someone offers Arizona a deal they can't refuse look for Leinart to be back in the desert next year. Given the injury history Warner has experienced during his career, the former USC Trojan could be called upon earlier than expected.
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