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Texans keep Matt Leinart

Matt Leinart

Matt Leinart smiles 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)


In a surprise move, quarterback Matt Leinart has agreed to a deal to stay with the Houston Texans, a day after reports circulated that Leinart would sign with the Seattle Seahawks.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that Leinart wanted to sign with a team that would give him a chance to start, and the Texans are definitely not that as long as Matt Schaub is around. But Leinart apparently concluded after the Seahawks agreed to a deal with Tarvaris Jackson that he wouldn’t be able to start in Seattle, either.

It says a lot about how far Leinart has fallen that for the second straight year, he has signed in Houston even though he knows he can’t start in Houston, just because he can’t start anywhere else, either. But Texans coach Gary Kubiak wanted Leinart back, and now he’ll have him.

In Houston, Leinart will compete with Dan Orlovsky and rookie T.J. Yates for the right to back up Schaub.