Leinart on his way out of Arizona?

Matt Leinart passes against the New England Patriots in the fourth quarter of their NFL football...

Matt Leinart passes against the New England Patriots in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts December 21, 2008. (REUTERS/Adam Hunger)

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, Last Updated: 12:41 PM ET

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt has yet to decide whether Matt Leinart or Derek Anderson will be the starting quarterback for the defending NFC West champions in the wake of Kurt Warner's retirement, but speculation has grown that Anderson is the front-runner and that Leinart could be on the trade block.

Whisenhunt and Leinart met on Monday after the fifth-year quarterback made comments concerning the decision to start Anderson for the team's last preseason game.

Leinart on Monday said he believed that he had outplayed Anderson during the preseason and indicated that the problems with Whisenhunt may include issues off the field.

"We touched base on where everything was," said Whisenhunt on Tuesday. "[We've always said] if players have an issue or a problem to come see me. We had communicated before about where we were, but obviously we needed to talk a little bit more, but it was a good talk."

On Wednesday, ESPN and FOX Sports both reported that multiple teams were interested in the former Heisman Trophy winner. Leinart started 11 games in his rookie season and five more in 2007, but sat most of the last two years behind Warner.

Whisenhunt on Tuesday said he believed the offense was better under Anderson in last week's game Chicago, prompting the coach's decision to keep things intact for Thursday's contest against Washington.

"It's my job as the head coach of this team to pick the best players for our squad. I didn't think, as the preseason progressed, that we were as efficient as we needed to be."

Anderson has completed 31-of-53 passes for 287 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions during the preseason, while Leinart has connected on 19- of-23 throws for 161 yards with one score and no picks.

"I understand where Matt's coming from. He was disappointed," Whisenhunt added. "Would I rather he have come and talk to me? Yes. He definitely had some feelings he needed to get out and he came up and saw me and that was important."

Last year, Leinart threw for just 435 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions in limited time behind Warner. He started one game for an injured Warner, completing 21-of-31 passes for 220 yards in a loss to Tennessee.

Leinart has thrown for 3,983 yards with 14 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in four NFL seasons.

Anderson started seven games for the Cleveland Browns last season and managed only a 44.5 percent completion rate with 888 yards, three touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He started 34 games over the past four seasons in Cleveland, making a Pro Bowl appearance in 2007.

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