Agents Steinberg, Price to represent Leinart

Updated: January 18, 2006, 2:56 PM ET
Associated Press

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 team.

Leinart announced last week that the talent and literary agency Creative Artists Agency would represent him for his off-field business ventures.

"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="">Vince Young. Bush won the 2005 Heisman, with Young finishing second in the voting and Leinart third.

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