Leinart appears to have been supplanted by Derek Anderson, who was released by the in the off-season.
Among the teams the Cardinals called were the , who need an experienced backup for after putting Jim Sorgi on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday. Talks with the Giants did not go far, though, according to a person with knowledge of the talks. The Giants have no real interest in Leinart, who has made clear in interviews that he wants to be a starter.
Leinart’s opportunities to be a starter may be limited. Among other teams with tenuous quarterback situations are the , whose starter is Trent Edwards, and the , who traded for Jason Campbell during the summer. But the Raiders said in a statement that they had not discussed acquiring Leinart and were “very happy” with their quarterback situation.
Leinart, who has started 17 games in his first four seasons, is due to make more than $10 million in base salary in the next two years. With teams having to pare their rosters to 53 players by Saturday, Leinart’s future will most likely be determined in the next few days.
In comments to Arizona reporters, Leinart questioned the Cardinals’ motives for starting Anderson in the final preseason game this week, and his body language has conveyed how unhappy he is in Arizona.
ROETHLISBERGER’S START The will get one last look at at quarterback before he begins his -mandated suspension.
Although starters usually play only a couple of series in the final preseason game, Roethlisberger is lobbying to take snaps in the no-huddle offense Thursday night against Carolina.
The new center Maurkice Pouncey and right tackle Flozell Adams have not worked with Roethlisberger out of the no-huddle formation except in practice. Roethlisberger does not want to wait until the games count before getting in the work.
On Friday, Roethlisberger will travel to New York to meet with Commissioner , who may shorten Roethlisberger’s suspension for poor behavior to four games from six. (AP)
EXTENSION FOR DOCKETT The Arizona Cardinals signed the Pro Bowl defensive tackle Darnell Dockett to a four-year, $48 million extension with $30 million guaranteed, keeping him under contract through the 2015 season. He had a career-high nine sacks in 2008, and his seven sacks last season were the most in the league by a tackle. (AP)
SCUFFLE San Francisco Coach Mike Singletary had to separate tight end Vernon Davis and receiver Michael Crabtree after the players got into a heated discussion at practice over an issue Singletary said was not related to football. Neither Crabtree nor Davis has played in preseason because of injuries. (AP)
JAGUARS’ STADIUM RENAMED Robert Clements, the chief executive of EverBank Financial Corp., said a naming-rights agreement with the would help put his company on the map and help keep the team in the city.
Clements said EverBank, a bank based in Jacksonville, Fla., signed a five-year deal, starting at $3 million a year, to name the Jaguars’ stadium EverBank Field because it was an opportunity for national exposure. (BLOOMBERG NEWS)