Matt Hasselbeck Joining Indianapolis Colts to Backup Andrew Luck

By Christopher Gamble
Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports


The Tennessee Titans recently released backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck but he looks like he already has a deal in place to become the backup and mentor to Indianapolis Colts’ starting quarterback Andrew Luck.

The Colts had recently signed Drew Stanton but Hasselbeck would be an upgrade over Stanton behind Luck. Last season, Hasselbeck started five games and appeared in eight games after starter Jake Locker got injured. He completed 62.4 percent of his passes for 1,367 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions and went 2-3 as a starter. Not bad numbers for a 37-year-old.

Hasselbeck could have had a few chances to start or to back up elsewhere but the money and situation in Indianapolis seemed like a better fit to forgo other offers. It is possible Hasselbeck could have had the chance to start with the New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals and perhaps the Buffalo Bills who recently released Ryan Fitzpatrick. It looks like Hasselbeck is more interested in finding a suitable place to end his career and a chance at winning a Super Bowl. The Colts went 11-5 last season.

Adding Hasselbeck would at least give the Colts a veteran quarterback who would give the Colts a chance at winning if Luck were to go down for an extended period. Hasselbeck has appeared in three Pro Bowls and led the Seattle Seahawks to Super Bowl XL in 2005.

Hasselbeck was slated to make $5.5 million this season with the Titans this season which was the last year of a three-year deal and would have counted $7.5 million against the Titans’ cap with his prorated bonus.

Terms of the deal with the Colts are unknown at this time but it is likely a one-year deal.

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