HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans have officially signed quarterback Matt Leinart.
Arizona released Leinart on Friday after settling on newcomer Derek Anderson as its starting quarterback.
The 27-year-old Leinart had spent his entire career with the Cardinals after being selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft and was expected to take over the starting role following the retirement of Kurt Warner.
Leinart started 11 games in his rookie season and five more in 2007, but sat most of the last two years behind Warner.
Last year Leinart threw for just 435 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions in limited playing time. He started one game for an injured Warner, completing 21-of-31 passes for 220 yards in a Week 12 loss to Tennessee.
He's expected to serve in a backup role once again, this time behind Houston starter Matt Schaub and most likely behind second-stringer Dan Orlovsky.
"He's obviously a talented young man to have been the 10th pick in the draft," said Houston head coach Gary Kubiak. "It's a chance for him to get a fresh start. We're getting a very smart player who has been productive, and we'll see if we can kind of get the motor going again. So it's a nice try for us as a football team and it makes us deeper at the quarterback position."
Leinart has thrown for 3,983 yards with 14 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in four NFL seasons. He connected on 22-of-28 throws for 175 yards with one score and no picks for Arizona this preseason.