The Tennessee Titans have released quarterback Matt Hasselbeck today and it looks like he won’t be a free agent for long. It’s been rumored the Indianapolis Colts are very interested in the veteran quarterback and could sign him very soon. Many would probably question why they would sign him with having Andrew Luck entering his second season in the NFL, but this move give GM Ryan Grigson job security for at least the next few years.
The Colts didn’t re-sign last year’s back up Drew Stanton, as he was signed quickly by the Arizona Cardinals. That wasn’t too much of a surprise as he was a very good backup option for the Colts last season and his offensive coordinator in Indianapolis last year Bruce Arians went to the Cardinals as their new head coach.
That means the Colts were left with just Luck and last April’s final pick in the draft, Chandler Harnish, as the only two quarterbacks on the roster. Bringing in Hasselbeck would give the Colts a very good option as a backup just in case something should happen to Luck.
It’s no secret the reason the Colts had the opportunity at getting Luck and being where they are today was due to the lack of a backup quarterback in the final years with Peyton Manning. The Colts and former GM Bill Polian knew Manning was very durable and didn’t need someone costing them money just holding a clipboard on the bench knowing they’d never seen the field.
Manning took all the snaps in practice so there was no need to have a solid backup to him. It helped with roster spots as well as they could use the salary of a backup quarterback elsewhere.
With all that being said, that move to not have a valuable backup cost Polian and the previous regime their jobs.
Colts owner Jim Irsay was very vocal that he wasn’t thrilled with the move by Polian to not have a valuable backup. Once Manning went down, the only two options the team had were Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky. Neither had success in the and led to the Colts going 2-14.
With the possible signing of Hasselbeck the Colts would have that veteran presence to still lead this team to the playoffs, and not have too big of a drop-off in the worst case scenario should Luck go down, which isn’t too far-fetched a possibility.
Luck was sacked in every game last season and went down over 40 times. He’s a physical quarterback and likes to break the pocket sometimes so they need someone ready to step in at any given time.
Hasselback, has 34,517 career passing yards with 201 touchdowns. He’s been in the NFL 15 years and has played in the division the last two years making 24 starts with the Titans. He’s also started and played in a Super Bowl so he’s got the experience in every way to help this team.
The Colts could get a gem here. Fans in Indianapolis have to hope they snag Hasselbeck.