Matt Hasselbeck QB IND Dec 27 '78
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 Dec 27 '78
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 Dec 17 '78
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 Nov 17 '78
Due $5.5 million in 2013, Matt Hasselbeck says he's open to renegotiating his contract.
Matt Hasselbeck QB IND Nov 15 '78
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.
Matt Hasselbeck QB IND Oct 14 '78
Matt Hasselbeck said he's content to serve as Jake Locker's backup once again next season.
Entering the final year of his contract at age 38, Hasselbeck knows his role. He's expected to mentor Locker, aiding in the development of the Titans' franchise quarterback. It's not like Hasselbeck would be able to land a starting gig if he hit the open market anyway. "I'm OK with being a part of his maturing process if that's the role I have to play," he said. "What also goes with that role is stepping in if he can't go, so I knew all that coming in." Hasselbeck is due $5.5 million in base salary in 2013.
Matt Hasselbeck QB IND Aug 09 '78
Coach Mike Munchak confirmed Monday that the Titans will start Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback in Week 9 against the Bears.
Jake Locker (shoulder) has been practicing for two weeks, but Titans coaches seem to believe Hasselbeck gives them their best chance to win. Tennessee has tough upcoming matchups against the defenses of Chicago and Miami, before a Week 11 bye. It's conceivable that they'll stick with Hasselbeck for those two games, then reevaluate whether to reinsert Locker during the open date.
Matt Hasselbeck QB IND Aug 08 '78
Matt Hasselbeck completed 22-of-29 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown versus the Colts in Week 8.
After losing a 22-yard touchdown to Kenny Britt on an iffy offensive pass interference call, Hasselbeck dropped one in the bucket for a 23-yard score to Kendall Wright. Although Hasselbeck was accurate with a 75.8 completion percentage, 8.1 yards per attempt and 110.7 passer rating, he missed an open Jared Cook down the seam on the potential game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter. He's done enough to keep the job for another week, but the coaching staff may use the loss as a reason to re-install Jake Locker as the Week 9 starter versus the Bears.
Matt Hasselbeck QB IND Aug 02 '78
Titans coach Mike Munchak confirmed Monday that Matt Hasselbeck is expected to start at quarterback in Week 8 against the Colts.
Jake Locker's shoulder needs one more week, although Hasselbeck's success under center may have plenty to do with it. Hasselbeck has engineered back-to-back wins over the Steelers and Bills, averaging under 6.5 yards per attempt but committing just one turnover and largely keeping the offense moving. Hasselbeck simply gives Tennessee more stability at this point. The sledding gets much tougher after the Colts game with Chicago and Miami's defenses on deck, so it will be interesting to see whether the Titans throw Locker back into that fire should Hasselbeck pull out a third straight victory. Tennessee can move to 4-4 and second place in the AFC South with a win over Indy.
Matt Hasselbeck QB IND Aug 01 '78
Matt Hasselbeck completed 22-of-33 passes for 205 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Titans' Week 7 win over the Bills.
Hasselbeck managed the game reasonably well despite a ton of pressure from the Bills' beleaguered front seven. He resorted to dinks and dunks while riding Chris Johnson to a win. Even though Hasselbeck has led the Titans to two straight wins, Jake Locker (shoulder) is fully expected to get the starting gig back in Week 8. The Titans know there's a ton more upside in the youngster's mammoth arm and athletic legs.