AFC West: Jim Sorgi

As expected, Matt Leinart is headed to Oakland.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that Leinart is signing with the Raiders after having a tryout with the team. This connection has been expected for several weeks.

It was reported Monday that the Raiders were working out former Colts backup Jim Sorgi as well. Signing Leinart over Sorgi is the right call in my mind. Sorgi hasn’t played in three years. There are several reasons why Leinart should quickly become comfortable in Oakland.

Leinart played for Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Knapp in Houston last season. Leinart has also been Carson Palmer’s backup in the past. Palmer was the starter and Leinart was the backup while at USC, and they remain close. Both share a bond as Heisman Trophy winners.

Leinart will be the backup and 2011 supplemental draft pick Terrelle Pryor will be the No. 3 quarterback. But Pryor is a project. If Palmer goes down, the Raiders will turn to Leinart as Pryor develops.
Apparently, Matt Leinart is not a slam-dunk to sign with the Oakland Raiders as their backup quarterback.

The Associated Press is reporting Jim Sorgi will have a workout with the Raiders on Tuesday. Leinart is considered a favorite to land the job because he played for Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Knapp last year in Houston and he backed up Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer at USC.

Sorgi hasn’t played in the NFL since 2009. He backed up new Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning for six seasons in Indianapolis. It is not out of the question that Oakland will look at other backups.

I’d be surprised if Sorgi was signed over Leinart if they are the only two options Oakland is looking at.



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