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Leinart rumors swirl

Rumors on possible destinations for Matt Leinart are swirling after reported last night that the Arizona Cardinals are shopping the quarterback. Leinart, the former first-round pick from Southern California, will be the backup to former Browns QB Derek Anderson for Arizona's preseason finale. ESPN's Adam Shefter twittered this morning that three teams that "have discussed" trading for Leinart are the Bills, Raiders and Giants. It makes sense if the Cardinals are making calls to teams they would contact the Bills. The big question would be the asking price. For a guy who can't beat out Anderson, it can't be much. It's important to note, the Bills were not that high on Leinart coming out of college prior to the 2006 draft. (They were not in the market for a quarterback, anyway, since J.P. Losman was only entering his third season.) Of course, there are new evaluators in the building at One Bills Drive. Leinart is not very mobile, which would not put him in Chan Gailey's ideal quarterback category. From this perspective, it adds up to a hard to imagine the Bills giving up much of anything for Leinart.

Fans rooting for a Bills trade probably would look to San Diego's big holdouts, receiver Vincent Jackson and left tackle Marcus McNeill. Both would fill big needs for Buffalo. But both also would come at a big price. ... The Chargers would want multiple picks for Jackson (a second and a third in 2012?), but also might be willing to let him go in free agency in a year and simply collect a good compensatory draft pick in return. Furthermore, the Bills' best trade bait (Marshawn Lynch) isn't at a position of need for the Chargers, who drafted Ryan Matthews No. 1 in April. Big trades are hard to swing in the NFL. Don't expect them.

Elsewhere in the world of twitter, Bills linebacker Kawika Mitchell reported he's feeling fine. Mitchell missed practice Tuesday due to what Gailey characterized as a minor ailment.

---Mark Gaughan



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