Bills deny report of Matt Leinart interest

The Buffalo Bills have denied an ESPN report they were one of three teams that have discussed trading for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Bills, New York Giants and Oakland Raiders have been interested enough to speak with the Cardinals about Leinart.

The Bills then published a story on the team website declaring "That report is erroneous ... The Bills have not had any discussions with the Cardinals in regards to Matt Leinart and aren't anticipating any in the future."

Schefter responded to the Bills' denial with additional information.

Two sources said the Bills had ongoing discussions this summer with the Cardinals regarding a trade for Leinart. Buffalo is unlikely to make a trade for Leinart because the Bills are uncomfortable about bringing aboard the quarterback's contract, which carries a $2.485 million base salary this season and balloons to $7.36 million next season.

By rebuffing the report, the Bills show their allegiance to Trent Edwards, who has restored some confidence with a pair of strong preseason performances.

But if the Bills seriously considered trading for Leinart at any point this summer, then it's an indication of how head coach Chan Gailey evaluated his quarterbacks throughout the offseason program and that Brian Brohm isn't the prospect many Bills fans had been hoping for.