Matt Hasselbeck draws plenty of interest on open market
Matt Hasselbeck’s release instantly generated a lot of talk on the open market. The 3-time Pro Bowler Matt Hasselbeck is expected to make it on the radar of quarterback-needy teams. As many as 10 NFL teams reportedly had early interest in Matt Hasselbeck. ESPN’s Chris Mortesen listed the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants and New Orleans Saints as the teams showing interest in the latest free agent quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to hit the open market. However, only the Arizona Cardinals and Buffalo Bills, who recently released quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick are without a clear cut starter.
The 37-year-old Matt Hasselbeck has a Hasselbeck has an 80-72 record as a starter over a 15-year NFL career that began as an 1998 draft, sixth-round pick by the Green Bay Packers. After two seasons with the Packers, Matt Hasselback joined the Seattle Seahawks for a 10 season partnership, which included leading the Seahawks to the doorstep of the Super Bowl XL in 2006.
The 2011 season was Matt Hasselbeck’s best season so far since 2007. He started all-16 games for the Tennessee Titans, while leading the team to a 9-7 record but missing out the playoffs by tying the final game of the 2011 regular season. However, Matt Hasselbeck was move to backup behind Tennessee Titans young signal caller Jake Locker in 2012. The Tennessee Titans used an eight overall pick in the 2011 draft to lock Jake Locker. Matt Hasselbeck started five of eight games, while Jake Locker was sidelined with a shoulder injury, finishing the 2012 season with 62.4 percent of his passes completed for 1,367 yards, seven touchdown and five interceptions.
Matt Hasselbeck ranks No.4 among active quarterbacks with 34,517 passing yards for 201 touchdowns (No. 5) and 1471 interceptions in 180 career games.
The New York Giants are interested in using the services of a veteran backup after free agent quarterback David Carr decided to test the open market this season, according to sources familiar with the teams’ thinking. But the New York Giants are limited by cap and can likely only sign a backup to a minimum deal. The New York Giants currently have Curtis Painter as the only other quarterback behind the starter Eli Manning on the roster.
According to USA Today’s Mike Garafolo the Indianapolis Colts are close working out a deal with Matt Hasselbeck. While Matt Hasselbeck won’t have a starting opportunity in Indianapolis with Andrew Luck solid as the team’s starter, he is high on the Colts in pursuit of a legitimate shot at hisfirst Super Bowl ring.
Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills, who are expected to run an offense heavy in the West Coast principles under new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, will find Matt Hasselbeck is quite adapt with the scheme after spending a majority of his career working with Mike Holmgren. While the Buffalo Bills are widely expected to keep exploring for a rookie to take over the starting spot based on the current shape of the roster, Matt Hasselbeck has the smarts to mentor a young quarterback and fill-in in case of injuries, just as he did with Jake Locker in Tennessee.