NFL: Heisman Bust Matt Leinart Joins Houston Texans to Carry On Career

Jordan SingerContributor ISeptember 6, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Quarterback Matt Leinart #7 of the Arizona Cardinals watches from the sidelines during preseason NFL game against the Washington Redskins at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 2, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Redskins 20-10.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Matt Leinart has joined the Houston Texans in an effort to reestablish his career and bring him back to his former Heisman Trophy winning status.

After being cut by the Cardinals, Matt Leinart immediately found a job with the Texans, signing a one year deal in a push to back up the 2009 passing yards leader, Matt Schaub.

Leinart was drafted 10th overall in 2006. He started in 2007 ahead of Kurt Warner, but failed to jump start his career. In Arizona, Leinart threw for 3,893 yards with 14 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. The famed Kurt Warner took over, and Leinart became a silent backup.

In the offseason, Arizona signed former Cleveland Browns pro-bowler Derek Anderson. Anderson took the heart of head coach Ken Wisenhunt, and Leinart was cut after the last preseason game.

Leinart now looks to take in the offense of Gary Kubiak and hook up with his new receivers like Andre Johnson. He will compete for a backup job with Dan Orlovsky and look to resurrect his career

The Texans had passed on Leinart's former teammate and Heisman winner, Reggie Bush in favor of Mario Williams, which ended up being the right decision, but will Leinart fulfill his role?

Look for Matt Leinart to get some plays in if he becomes the second string backup. Knowing Matt Schaub, he may not be needed much at all. We will see if Leinart still has it in him, and if Texans quarterback coach Gregg Knapp can bring him back to life.