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Matt Leinart says he’s ready to be a starter

Matt Leinart

Matt Leinart scratches his head during his first practice with the Houston Texans Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, in Houston. The 2004 Heisman Trophy winner was cut by Arizona on Saturday after three disappointing seasons. He will be the third-string quarterback when the Texans open their season against Indianapolis. Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010 in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)


After a season where Matt Leinart was cut in favor of Derek Anderson and sat on the bench behind Dan Orlovsky (and Matt Schaub), Leinart believes he’s ready to take the next step in his career.

“I want to be a starter in the league, and I feel like I’ve paid my dues,” Leinart told the Houston Chronicle. “I sat for three and a half years now and played behind a Hall of Fame quarterback [Kurt Warner] which a lot of people don’t remember. Obviously, coming here is not the way I planned, but I think Matt Schaub is a great quarterback.”

Leinart said he learned a lot in Houston, but sounds ready to move on. While there won’t be a lot of great free agent quarterbacks available, it’s hard to imagine Leinart getting anything but a backup job.