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Leinart: I want to start (forget the Giants then)

Matt Leinart was the favorite to quarterback the

Matt Leinart was the favorite to quarterback the Cardinals this year, but it looks like he's been beaten out by Derek Anderson. Photo Credit: Getty Images

With word now out that the Cardinals have talked to teams about trading Matt Leinart, who has lost the starting job for the second time in the last three seasons even before the first game, Leinart himself says he only wants to be dealt to a team that views him as a starter.

Hmm. Not sure there are any teams out there at this point that view him as a starter, so this might be a futile situation for the former first-round pick.

FOX's Jay Glazer, who has trained Leinart in Mixed Martial Arts and said he has received calls from teams inquiring about Leinart's character, reports that Leinart wants to start.

"He's done enough in this league. He wants to be a starter somewhere," Glazer said on the Dan Patrick radio show. Glazer said Leinart was being too careful with his throws in the preseason and never got along with head coach Ken Whisenhunt. "He and Ken Whisenhunt, they just never clicked."

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Giants, Bills and Raiders discussed trade parameters with the Cardinals, although Buffalo insists it has no interest. Schefter said the team held discussions with the Cardinals earlier this summer. The Giants are not likely to be interested in dealing for Leinart if he wants to be a starter; after all, Eli Manning has never missed a start since taking over midway through the 2004 season.

The Raiders? They just traded for Washington's Jason Campbell in the off-season and have committed to him as the starter.

Looks like Leinart will either be released or remain with the team as a backup, barring an unexpected team coming out of the woodwork in trade talks.

The Seahawks have been mentioned as a possibility in recent weeks, but only because of the Pete Carroll connection from his and Leinart's days together at USC. But Carroll is going with Matt Hasselbeck as his starter, and is grooming Charlie Whitehurst, acquired in an off-season trade with San Diego.

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