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    Team Leinart Begins To Squeeze The Titans

    The new objective for Matt Leinart's representation team, which currently consists of Chuck Price and soon could include Ton Condon, is to make Leinart the first overall pick in the draft.

    Though it could be far too late to make it happen, the first step appears to be a public flirtation with the team that holds the No. 2 selection. According to the Nashville Tennesseean, a visit to New Orleans was arranged on Thursday between Leinart and the Saints.

    Leinart will make the trip to the Big Easy on Wednesday.

    The goal of Team Leinart is to persuade the Tennessee Titans, or the New York Jets, to trade up with the Houston Texans in order to acquire the No. 1 overall choice -- which then would be used on Leinart. With the Texans likely to draft Leinart's teammate, Reggie Bush, and with the Saints previously believed to have a fleur-de-lis in their pockets for N.C. State defensive end Mario Williams, the Titans would have their choice at No. 3 of Leinart or Texas quarterback Vince Young.

    The only risk in this regard is that Team Leinart could overplay its hand, making the ruse more obvious. Says Price, a novice in the agent business, regarding the Titans: "[T]hey might not have a chance to get Matt."

    Many observers presume that the Saints aren't interest in Leinart, because they signed last month quarterback Drew Brees. But the contract carries a $12 million option bonus in 2006, possibly making it only a one-year deal. We've recently suggested that the Saints could draft Leinart if a sale to L.A. interests as soon as 2007 is still in the cards.

    "Until New Orleans signed Brees, everyone had Matt going to New Orleans,'' Price said. "Then he kind of fell off in the talk. But when you are in a position at one, two or three, you take the best football player on the board, regardless.''

    So who is the best football player on the board? This year, there's no clear answer at No. 1, with teams having various guys at the tops of their boards. Folks presume the Texans want Bush, but Houston could slide back to No. 3 and possibly still get him -- for a lot less money.

    But if the Saints are in on this charade, what's in it for them? Easy. They end up with a clear shot at Williams, whom the Texans coincidentally (or not) have been sniffing around of late.

    Of course, there's a chance that the Saints really are interested in Leinart. Their sudden entry in the process, however, seems a little convenient in light of the fact that Leinart fired Leigh Steinberg this week because, as we've heard, of unhappiness regarding the low level of interest in Matt at the top of the draft. Even though no new agent has been hired to replace Steinberg, our guess is that someone with plenty of experience in marketing draft picks is working behind the scenes with Leinart's people in an effort to commence the challenging process of putting the 2004 Heisman winner in the slot he would have occupied if he'd entered the draft a year ago.

    Make no mistake about it. This is high stakes poker. With each slot below No. 1 that a guy is drafted, millions of dollars is forever lost.


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    Only take Leinart if he's there at #4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MATTJET13
    The new objective for Matt Leinart's representation team, which currently consists of Chuck Price and soon could include Ton Condon, is to make Leinart the first overall pick in the draft.

    Though it could be far too late to make it happen, the first step appears to be a public flirtation with the team that holds the No. 2 selection. According to the Nashville Tennesseean, a visit to New Orleans was arranged on Thursday between Leinart and the Saints.

    Leinart will make the trip to the Big Easy on Wednesday.

    The goal of Team Leinart is to persuade the Tennessee Titans, or the New York Jets, to trade up with the Houston Texans in order to acquire the No. 1 overall choice -- which then would be used on Leinart. With the Texans likely to draft Leinart's teammate, Reggie Bush, and with the Saints previously believed to have a fleur-de-lis in their pockets for N.C. State defensive end Mario Williams, the Titans would have their choice at No. 3 of Leinart or Texas quarterback Vince Young.

    The only risk in this regard is that Team Leinart could overplay its hand, making the ruse more obvious. Says Price, a novice in the agent business, regarding the Titans: "[T]hey might not have a chance to get Matt."

    Many observers presume that the Saints aren't interest in Leinart, because they signed last month quarterback Drew Brees. But the contract carries a $12 million option bonus in 2006, possibly making it only a one-year deal. We've recently suggested that the Saints could draft Leinart if a sale to L.A. interests as soon as 2007 is still in the cards.

    "Until New Orleans signed Brees, everyone had Matt going to New Orleans,'' Price said. "Then he kind of fell off in the talk. But when you are in a position at one, two or three, you take the best football player on the board, regardless.''

    So who is the best football player on the board? This year, there's no clear answer at No. 1, with teams having various guys at the tops of their boards. Folks presume the Texans want Bush, but Houston could slide back to No. 3 and possibly still get him -- for a lot less money.

    But if the Saints are in on this charade, what's in it for them? Easy. They end up with a clear shot at Williams, whom the Texans coincidentally (or not) have been sniffing around of late.

    Of course, there's a chance that the Saints really are interested in Leinart. Their sudden entry in the process, however, seems a little convenient in light of the fact that Leinart fired Leigh Steinberg this week because, as we've heard, of unhappiness regarding the low level of interest in Matt at the top of the draft. Even though no new agent has been hired to replace Steinberg, our guess is that someone with plenty of experience in marketing draft picks is working behind the scenes with Leinart's people in an effort to commence the challenging process of putting the 2004 Heisman winner in the slot he would have occupied if he'd entered the draft a year ago.

    Make no mistake about it. This is high stakes poker. With each slot below No. 1 that a guy is drafted, millions of dollars is forever lost.


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    IF WE TRADE TO #1 WE'RE GETTING BUSH NOT LEINART.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Untouchable
    Only take Leinart if he's there at #4.
    If he is there at #4 start fielding offers to trade down...

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    No. 1 overall choice -- which then would be used on Leinart.

    LOL.

    like any team would be stupid enough to draft Leinhart over Bush #1.

    need or no need.

    best of luck to his agents.

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    Last year, probably. But there is zero chance that he will go #1 this year. if that was his intent in firing his agent it makes him look a bit like a self-deluded jerk. I would still take him at #4, though.

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    I wonder though....sometimes these guys get it in their heads that they deserve to be the first pick, and that they deserve to be paid like the first pick regardless of where they actually go. If he goes #4, he sounds like he could be a serious holdout threat...particularly if represented by a rookie agent who will be trying to 'make a name for himself'.

    Not a reason to pass on him, but a definite concern that I hope gets vetted out by our F.O. before the draft.

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    is it just me, or is cush trying to go to denver ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Untouchable

    Only take Leinart if he's there at #4.
    Thank You

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    Quote Originally Posted by flashlight1

    LOL.

    like any team would be stupid enough to draft Leinhart over Bush #1.

    need or no need.

    best of luck to his agents.


    That is so true, flash ... no one in his right mind is taking Leinart over Bush

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Jets & Ham


    That is so true, flash ... no one in his right mind is taking Leinart over Bush
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