Desperate Bills sign QB Matt Leinart

Desperate Bills sign QB Matt Leinart
August 25, 2013, 12:00 pm
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Matt Leinart is headed to Buffalo, according to reports.

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According to multiple reports, the Bills will sign quarterback Matt Leinart.

The former USC Heisman-winning quarterback confirmed the move on Twitter.

Leinart finished last season as a backup in Oakland and is entering his eighth NFL season.

When it was discovered that EJ Manuel needed to undergo a minor surgical procedure on his knee, the Bills turned to veteran quarterback Kevin Kolb as Plan B.

After Kolb went down with a possible concussion on Saturday in a preseason game against the Redskins, the Bills are hoping Manuel will be able to return in time for their season opener against the Patriots on Sept. 8.

“That’s what I’m hoping for,” Bills coach Doug Marrone told BuffaloBills.com before the team signed Leinart. “He had the procedure done and he was with us on the field the other day just watching and observing. I think we just have to wait until that period where the doctor looks at him and says, ‘Here’s where we are.’ Because people recover so differently from minor stuff.”

The Bills were reportedly also interested in free-agent quarterback John Beck to potentially take a roster spot alongside current Bills third-stringer and undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel, but Leinart appears to have won out.

Receiver Brad Smith played quarterback at Missouri and could help the Bills at the position in case of emergency.

"I'm not going to sit here an say everything is fine and dandy," Marrone said on Saturday. "It's a concern."