The San Francisco 49ers gained a wide receiver in Randy Moss while the Houston Texans parted ways with quarterback Matt Leinhart as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Schefter reported the news late this evening and made sure to mention that Leinhart was released,”not to make room for Peyton Manning.” Rumors have been circulating that the Texans have cast a low profile interest in taking a look at Manning.
Moss had previously worked out for the New Orleans Saints last week and was said to have a good workout. Yet with little money to spend on free agents, Moss left New Orleans without a contract. The 49ers were obviously pleased with his workout today.
Leinhart was drafted as the 10th pick of the first round in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals out of USC. He was supposed to be the heir apparent to quarterback Kurt Warner but never caught fire.
Leinhart signed with the Houston Texans in September of 2010 and never emerged from his backup role. He was given a chance to fill in for an injured Matt Schaub this past season but was injured himself as well.
Rookie quarterback T.J. Yates was then placed in the position where he amazed everyone and from the looks of it, sealed the role of backup to Schaub and Leinhart’s fate.