In 2011, Matt Leinart’s salary is due to increase almost $5 million - to $7.4 million and he’s in line for a roster bonus of $5.5 million according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.
Opinions vary about Leinart, perhaps the most-polarizing figure in Arizona sports. Those who dislike him point to a "Hollywood" lifestyle, beer-bong photos and poor performances as Kurt Warner's backup last year.
Those who like Leinart point to his improvement in 2007 before suffering an injury, his maturation off the field, and that the Cardinals should have beaten Tennessee in Leinart's only start last season.
If Leinart succeeds in 2010, the Cardinals likely will try to negotiate a contract extension. If Leinart fails, this probably will be his last season in Arizona. That could send the Cardinals sorting through football’s clearance aisles for a quarterback.