Matt Leinart Unlikely to Get Another NFL Chance After Being Cut by Buffalo Bills

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IAugust 30, 2013

Aug 29, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Matt Leinart (7) during the first half against the Detroit Lions at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
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In perhaps his last opportunity to turn his flailing NFL career around, Matt Leinart wasn't able to impress Buffalo Bills brass in a five-day stint, getting cut by the team on Friday, per Marc Sessler of

After a rough outing against the Detroit Lions the night before, Leinart tweeted on Friday: "Tough game. Tough situation. No excuses. (Thank) you to the Bills organization!"

The No. 10 overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft had a prime chance to sneak onto the Bills roster this offseason. He was literally thrown to the Lions without knowing Buffalo's playbook, as Bills rookie E.J. Manuel was out with a knee injury and veteran Kevin Kolb was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a concussion.

But Leinart did nothing to help his case against the Lions, going 3-of-10 for 11 yards with two interceptions. 

Leinart has now been granted a chance to succeed with the Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders and Bills since being drafted out of USC in 2006. With the Cardinals, Texans and Raiders, he completed just 57 percent of his passes for 6.34 yards per attempt while tossing a combined 15 touchdowns to 21 interceptions.

At some point, it goes beyond just being in a "tough situation" and must be attributed to Leinart's ability as a quarterback.  

It's been a rocky road for the 30-year-old since his glory days at USC. He's widely considered to be one of the biggest busts in NFL history. Not only has he been inaccurate in the NFL, he has recorded an ugly touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Leinart couldn't even manage to secure a roster spot on the stumbling, bumbling Raiders. His former USC coach and current Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll didn't exactly come knocking on his door this offseason, either.

Leinart simply was never able to transition to the next level. In the end, fans will most likely be left with thoughts of what could have been...and never was.


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