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When Carson Palmer won the Heisman Trophy in 2002 at USC, Matt Leinart was his backup.
Now Leinart returns to California and will once again back up the Raiders’ starting signal-caller.
The Silver and Black reportedly agreed to terms with Leinart on Tuesday, per ESPN’s Adam Shefter.
This addition makes perfect sense for the new regime in Oakland, as new offensive coordinator Gregg Knapp worked with Leinart the last two years as the quarterbacks coach for the Houston Texans.
The 6-5, 227-pound Leinart went on to win the starting job at USC and the Heisman Trophy in ’04 and was the 10th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.
However, contrary to Palmer, Leinart has never proven himself at the next level.
He was a major disappointment in Arizona and spent the past two seasons as a backup in Houston, where he suffered a season-ending collarbone injury in his only start last year.
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