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Titans release veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck

3/18/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Tennessee Titans released 3-time Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, the team confirmed on Monday.
 
Matt Hasselbeck was owed $5.5 million base salary for the 2013 season, but the Tennessee Titans weren’t prepared to spend that kind of money on a backup. With Matt Hasselbeck due to count $7.5 million against the salary cap after both sides failed to agree on a restructured contract, the Tennessee Titans decided instead to invest in their need on the defensive line and at linebacker.
 
Tennessee Titans general manager Ruston Webster thanked Matt Hasselbeck for his services.
 
"He was an important part of the transition process," said Ruston Webster. "He was a pro at every turn, and he provided an example to the rest of the team. I know that we are a better team for his being here and we wish him the best."
 
The 37-year-old Matt Hasselbeck spent two seasons with the Tennessee Titans, starting all 16-games in the 2011 season while leading the team to a 9-7 record and just game away short of a playoffs run. However, Matt Hasselbeck was moved to backup quarterback behind Tennessee Titans’ No.8 overall draft pick in 2011 Jake Locker last season. But after Jake Locker was sidelined with a shoulder injury, Matt Hasselbeck started five straight games for the Tennessee Titans. Matt Hasselbeck finished the 2012 season throwing for 1,367 yards on 138-of-221 pass completions, while posting seven touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games.
 
The 15-year veteran amassed 34,517 passing yards for 201 touchdowns and 1471 interceptions in 180 career games.
 
 Selected in the sixth round of the 1998 drafts, Matt Hasselbeck spent two seasons with the Green Bay Packers before joining the Seattle Seahawks for a 10 seasons run and leading them to the 2006 Super Bowl. He signed with the Tennessee Titans on a three-year, $21 million contract before the 2011 season.
 
The Tennessee Titans will be now looking for a replacement to Matt Hasselbeck. Although the Tennessee Titans currently have quarterbacks Rusty Smith (who made one start in three seasons) and Nathan Enderle on the roster, they are reportedly looking in a different direction. The Tennessee Titans have been lately linked with former Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was released at the start of free agency after both sides couldn’t restructure the five years left on the six-year, $59 million contract signed in 2011.
 
Ryan Fitzpatrick spent four seasons with the Buffalo Bills, the past three as the teams’ starting quarterback. He totaled 11,654 yards for 80 touchdowns in 80 games for the Buffalo Bill. However, Ryan Fitzpatrick was also picked 64-times during that period, including a career-worst 23 interceptions in 2011.
 
The 30-year-old Ryan Fitzpatrick also shared time with the St. Louis Rams and Cincinnati Bengals over his eight-year NFL career.
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