Numerous former USC players have already been linked to the Seattle Seahawks this offseason–mainly because of head coach Pete Carroll. Now, it appears there’s a new player to add to that list–former USC quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart.
According to Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News, Carroll and the Seahawks have spoken to Leinart about coming on board next season. After things didn’t work out with the Arizona Cardinals, Leinart signed a one-year deal with the Houston Texans last season to be the third-string quarterback behind Matt Schaub and Dan Orlovsky–so he would clearly have a better shot at playing time in Seattle.
The Seahawks are one of numerous teams in need of a quarterback this offseason (even though Leinart may not be the best answer) and could still trade for a veteran once the lockout comes to an end. After passing on a quarterback in this year’s draft, it appears the Seahawks quarterback for next season will be either Matt Hasselbeck–if he re-signs with the team–or Charlie Whitehurst.
If the Seahawks have in fact talked to Leinart about coming on board for 2011, this could be the best and final shot for the former USC standout to earn a starting job in the NFL. Leinart clearly never lived up to his hype after the Cardinals signed him to a massive six-year deal in 2006–so Seattle could be his last chance to prove himself. Plus, if this does happen, Leinart would get to face the Cardinals twice next season–which could be entertaining to watch if he earns the starting job.