Can St. Pierre Beat out Leinart for No. 2?

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Quarterback Brian St. Pierre isn't the kind of guy to make demands, even if had the power to do it. It doesn't fit his personality. But St. Pierre is sick of being a No. 3 quarterback in the NFL. He's never been higher than that on a depth chart in his six NFL seasons, and he wants something more. Possibly if he went to another team that could be different.

This offseason, Brian St. Pierre had offers from both the Cardinals and the Chiefs, where former Cardinals' offensive coordinator Todd Haley is the head coach.

St. Pierre re-signed with Arizona after coach Ken Whisenhunt assured him that he would have a legitimate shot to be the No. 2 quarterback behind Kurt Warner.

That would mean beating out Matt Leinart, the 10th overall pick in the 2006 draft.

"His track record has always been what he says goes," St. Pierre said of Whisenhunt.

In voluntary camp, however, St. Pierre has been running with the third team, something he hopes changes soon.

"All I want is an honest chance to compete for the No. 2," he said, "so I'm looking forward to that, whenever it will happen, because it hasn't yet."

St. Pierre has played in just one game and thrown just one pass in his NFL career. He was the Cardinals' third quarterback in every game last season, never seeing action in the regular season.

He played well in the preseason, however, and at age 29 knows his opportunities are dwindling.

He returned to Arizona because he trusts that Whisenhunt will give him a legitimate shot.

Thirty-one other teams, Kurt Warner probably doesn't start for them last year," St. Pierre said. "That's the reality of it, right, wrong or indifferent.

"It's not personal between me and Matt or anything," St. Pierre said. "I just want a chance to compete, an honest chance."

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