The Oakland Raiders officially announced the signing of quarterback Matt Leinart following a workout on Tuesday.
News of Leinart's workout and signing were initially reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Leinart has passed for 3,950 yards with 15 touchdowns and 20
interceptions during his 31-game career with the Arizona Cardinals
(2006-09) and Houston Texans, where Leinart spent the 2010 and 2011
seasons under Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. The 28-year-old
Leinart replaced and injured Matt Schaub as the Texans' starter in
November and completed 10-of-13 pass attempts for 57 yards and a
touchdown before his season ended with a broken collarbone. The Texans released Leinart on March 12.
Given his experience with Knapp, Leinart figures to have the inside track over Terrelle Pryor and Rhett Bomar for the No. 2 job behind Carson Palmer. In addition to being former USC quarterbacks selected in the first
round of an NFL Draft, both Palmer and Leinart are represented by David
Dunn of Athlete's First.
Free agent quarterback Jim Sorgi also worked out for the Raiders on Tuesday.