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Matt Hasselbeck | Quarterback

Team: Indianapolis Colts
Age / DOB:  (38) / 9/25/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 235
College: Boston College
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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. Jul 8 - 10:15 AM
Source: colts.com

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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.
Source: FOX Sports
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 12:50:00 PM

Colts agreed to terms with QB Matt Hasselbeck, formerly of the Titans, on a two-year, $8 million contract.

Hasselbeck was released just five hours ago, but the Colts moved fast on the soon-to-be 38-year-old. Replacing Drew Stanton as the backup to Andrew Luck, grizzled vet Hasselbeck will be a nice sounding board for the second-year quarterback. With OC Pep Hamilton installing a more dink-and-dunk West Coast offense, Hasselbeck will be capable of stepping in should Luck miss time with injury.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 09:21:00 PM

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.
Source: USA Today
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 06:41:00 PM

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.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 06:33:00 PM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 06:03:00 PM

Titans released QB Matt Hasselbeck.

The writing was on the wall. Tennessee recently flirted with 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.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 04:38:00 PM

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

"Yeah, if we can’t come to an agreement, I guess that’s what they’d have to do," he 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 of his career last season.
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 08:29:00 AM

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

It suggests Hasselbeck believes there's at least a small possibility he could be released, though he views a restructure as an opportunity to extend his contract. "I would definitely be up for that, for sure," he said. "That topic came up maybe in September, October, November, somewhere in there. I would be excited ... because it would be basically having the opportunity to stay." Hasselbeck's salary is awfully steep for a strict backup with little or nothing left in the tank.
Wed, Feb 6, 2013 05:20:00 PM

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 writer 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.
Mon, Feb 4, 2013 06:59:00 PM

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.
Thu, Jan 3, 2013 08:32:00 AM

Matt Hasselbeck completed 20-of-35 passes for 194 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Tennessee's embarrassing 51-20 Week 9 loss to the Bears.

Hasselbeck found Kenny Britt for a 23-yard gain on Tennessee's first play from scrimmage, but Britt coughed the ball up to the Bears. It was all downhill from there. There was little Hasselbeck could do as he watched his teammates lose four fumbles, but his first-quarter pick was thrown directly to Brian Urlacher, who rumbled 46 yards to the house. Aside from a beautiful 30-yard, jump-ball touchdown strike to Nate Washington, Hasselbeck spent his afternoon dinking and dunking. It was an effort that surely increased the Titans' urgency to get Jake Locker back in the fold. Tennessee goes on bye in Week 11, but who will be under center in Week 10 should be considered an open question.
Sun, Nov 4, 2012 04:22:00 PM

Coach Mike Munchak confirmed Monday that the Titans will start Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback in Week 9 against the Bears.

Hasselbeck is the starter "until further notice." 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.
Mon, Oct 29, 2012 04:45:00 PM

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.
Sun, Oct 28, 2012 06:13:00 PM

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.
Mon, Oct 22, 2012 04:25:00 PM

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QB1Andrew Luck
2Matt Hasselbeck
3Chandler Harnish
RB1Trent Richardson
2Ahmad Bradshaw
3Dan Herron
4Zurlon Tipton
5David Fluellen
GLB1Trent Richardson
2Ahmad Bradshaw
3RB1Trent Richardson
2Ahmad Bradshaw
FB1Stanley Havili
2Mario Harvey
3Cameron White
WR11Reggie Wayne
2Donte Moncrief
3Griff Whalen
4Josh Lenz
5Ryan Lankford
WR21T.Y. Hilton
2Hakeem Nicks
3Da'Rick Rogers
4Eric Thomas
5Tony Washington
WR31Hakeem Nicks
TE1Dwayne Allen
2Coby Fleener
3Jack Doyle
4Weslye Saunders
5Erik Swoope
K1Adam Vinatieri