Matt Leinart was signed Tuesday by the Oakland Raiders to serve as a backup to quarterback Carson Palmer -- a role that Leinart held a decade or so ago at USC. This could be fun.
Trojans fans obviously have a lot of fond memories of the two quarterbacks, with Palmer winning the Heisman Trophy in 2002 and Leinart doing the same two years later and leading the team to a pair of national titles.
But Leinart has struggled as a pro quarterback. After being drafted 10th overall by the Arizona Cardinals, Leinart struggled as a starter and eventually lost his job to veteran Kurt Warner. He spent the last two seasons as a backup in Houston and had a chance to resurrect his career last year when starter Matt Schaub broke his right foot -- only to have his own season end with a fractured collarbone.
Leinart, who was cut by the Texans during the off-season, is the only backup quarterback on Oakland's roster who has thrown a pass in the NFL. He comes to the Raiders looking for a fresh start -- the same thing Palmer did in the middle of last season after declaring himself retired from the then-hapless Bengals.