Why would any team trade for Matt Leinart right now?

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart stretches during warmups before a preseason game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago on August 28, 2010.   UPI/Brian Kersey Photo via Newscom

Apparently nobody wants quarterback Matt Leinart.

Well, that’s not true. The Cardinals, Giants, Raiders and Bills don’t want him. I’m just assuming nobody else does either – especially in his current state.

This morning, there was a report released by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the Bills, Raiders and Giants had discussed trading for Leinart, although it has been denied here, here, here, here, and here by various sources connected with those three teams.

But whether or not Schefter’s report holds any water (normally they do), the question is: Why would any team trade for Leinart right now? Everyone knows that the Cardinals want nothing to do with him (any team that chooses Derek Anderson over Leinart clearly doesn’t believe there’s much hope for the former No. 1 pick) and are likely on the verge of releasing him anyway.

So why not just wait?

The other issue here is Leinart’s contract. He’s set to earn $2.485 million in 2010 and $7.36 million in 2011, which isn’t something that another team wants to absorb right now if they don’t have to. And seeing as how he’d likely be a backup no matter where he lands, there’s no reason for any team to pay him that much just to watch him ride the pine.

If anything, Leinart will be cut and then he’ll catch on as a backup someplace else. The Giants and Bears would love to add insurance at the quarterback position and the Bills make sense just because they don’t know what they have in Trent Edwards.

But none of those teams, or any team that is even reportedly interested in him for that matter, is going to trade for Leinart right now. It just doesn’t make any sense.

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