PASADENA, Calif. -- Matt Leinart, the 2004 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback who guided Southern California to a 37-2
record during the past three seasons, will be represented by agents
Leigh Steinberg and Chuck Price in upcoming contract negotiations.
"Matt is a dominating franchise quarterback who should be
picked at the top of the first round," Steinberg said in a
statement issued Wednesday.
Steinberg has represented the first pick in NFL draft eight
times. Several past standout quarterbacks including Hall of Famer
Steve Young, Warren Moon and Troy Aikman were among his clients. He represents current starting quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Mark Brunell.
Steinberg and Price will work with Air 7, Leinart's management
Leinart announced last week that the talent and literary agency
Creative Artists Agency would represent him for his off-field
"With the combined team of CAA, Chuck, Leigh, and Air 7, I am
confident that my business affairs are in the very best hands,"
Leinart said. "This gives me the freedom to focus on becoming the
best football player I can be."
Leinart is expected to be one of the first three players chosen
in the April 29 draft, along with USC running back Reggie Bush and
Texas quarterback a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=135107">Vince Young. Bush won the 2005 Heisman, with
Young finishing second in the voting and Leinart third.