Matt Hasselbeck QB IND 21 Days

Colts backup QB Matt Hasselbeck said he now wants to continue playing past 2014.

Hasselbeck is entering his age-39 season and the final year of his contract. Last October, Hasselbeck said this season would be his last. He's apparently had a change of heart and wants to remain Andrew Luck's backup for a couple more playoff runs in hopes of reaching the Super Bowl. We'll see how Hasselbeck feels after another grueling training camp and long season.

Matt Hasselbeck QB IND 9 Months

Colts backup QB Matt Hasselbeck plans to retire after the 2014 season.

"I'd like to do one more year than call it a career," Hasselbeck said. "I'm hoping for a good year this year and next." Hasselbeck has attempted just three passes behind Andrew Luck this season, but is signed through 2014. He was ineffective when pressed into action in 2012, but due a relatively affordable $2.25 million in 2014, he'll most likely be brought back. Hasselbeck turned 38 last month.

Matt Hasselbeck QB IND Mar 18 '13

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Colts are close to a two-year deal with free agent Matt Hasselbeck.

The Titans released Hasselbeck just five hours ago, but the Colts moved fast on the soon-to-be 38-year-old. Hasselbeck will replace Drew Stanton as the backup to Andrew Luck, and the grizzled veteran will be a nice sounding board for the second-year quarterback. With OC Pep Hamilton installing a more dink-and-dunk offense, Hasselbeck will be capable of stepping in should Luck miss time with an injury.

Matt Hasselbeck QB IND Mar 18 '13

USA Today reports the Colts are already in discussions with free agent Matt Hasselbeck to make him their backup quarterback.

Mike Garafolo says the two sides "could soon agree" to a deal. Hasselbeck, 38 in September, isn't interested in finding a team where he can compete for a starting job, but a place where he has a shot to get back to the playoffs.

Matt Hasselbeck QB IND Mar 18 '13

The Newark Star-Ledger reports the Giants do have interest in free agent Matt Hasselbeck, but they're not expected to sign him.

The G-Men don't currently have a capable backup on the roster with David Carr being a free agent, so the Hasselbeck idea makes sense. The soon-to-be 38-year-old is expected to be above their price range, though. Eli Manning and Curtis Painter are the only quarterbacks employed by the Giants at the moment.

Matt Hasselbeck QB IND Mar 18 '13

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports up to ten teams have expressed interest in free agent Matt Hasselbeck, and the list could get longer.

This is obviously agent-driven, but Mort says the Cardinals, Bills, Bears, Bengals, Browns, Colts, Saints, Giants, 49ers, and Bucs are the clubs with initial interest. Per Cardinals beat writer Kent Somers, Arizona has begun reviewing the soon-to-be 38-year-old's tape. Hasselbeck was owed $5.5 million before the Titans cut him on Monday. He'd be lucky to get half of that on his next deal.

Matt Hasselbeck QB IND Mar 18 '13

Titans released QB Matt Hasselbeck.

The writing had been on the wall. Tennessee recently flirted with free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Hasselbeck's $5.5 million base salary was untenable for a 37-year-old backup quarterback in steep decline. Though never blessed with a cannon arm, Hasselbeck can no longer drive the ball without putting significant loft underneath his passes. Across eight appearances (five starts) last season, he managed a 6.2 yards-per-attempt average, going 2-3 as a starter and accounting for seven touchdowns compared to six turnovers. He'll likely resurface in a backup role at a much cheaper 2013 rate. Hasselbeck is no longer remotely a viable starter.

Matt Hasselbeck QB IND Mar 08 '13

Matt Hasselbeck confirmed Thursday he's working on a restructured contract with the Titans, and admitted his release is a possibility.

"Well, yeah, if we can't come to an agreement, I guess that's what they'd have to do," Hasselbeck said. "Again, I'm really hopeful (I stay), but I understand that some things are more out of your control." Hasselbeck is scheduled to make $5.5 million, and count $7.5 million against the cap. Despite the Titans' need for a viable backup to Jake Locker, Hasselbeck's salary is prohibitive for a player who appeared near the end last season.

Matt Hasselbeck QB IND Feb 06 '13

Due $5.5 million in 2013, Matt Hasselbeck says he's open to renegotiating his contract.

Matt Hasselbeck QB IND Feb 04 '13

The Nashville Tennessean says the Titans may look to restructure Matt Hasselbeck's contract.

Hasselbeck is entering the final year of his contract, and is set to earn $5.5 million. That's a bit much for a 37-year-old strict backup. Beat write John Glennon considers it unlikely for Tennessee to cut Hasselbeck, and there really isn't an urgency to do so with the Titans having plenty of cap space.