Oakland Raiders: Matt Leinart in for a “tryout”

It’s been talked about for months, so when news finally surfaced this weekend that Matt Leinart will be visiting the Oakland Raiders, it was assumed that he would ink a deal immediately.

But Reggie McKenzie tempered some of that chatter by stating, “What we’re doing, we’re bringing in Matt Leinart for a tryout. Signing and all of that, that’s secondary. But we’re bringing him in for a tryout.”

Facts are, Leinart is familiar with Oakland’s new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, the Raiders are in need of a veteran back-up and Carson Palmer is good friends with the former USC star.

If the Silver & Black due come to terms with Leinart, it will give them two Heisman Trophy-winning passers from USC.

In 31 career contest, Leinart has completed 57.6 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns and 20 interceptions for a 71.6 passer rating. He has won only eight of his 18 career starts.

Terrelle Pryor is not ready for the primary back-up role, so adding an experience passer before opening camp will be imperative.

Oakland wants to check out how his dislocated left shoulder has healed and where he’s at in his recovery.

McKenzie commented, “The fact is he’s an experienced quarterback and we just want to take a closer look at him, watch him throw the ball and see how his injury has come around.”

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