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Hasselbeck bolts to the Colts

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08:04 AM ET 03.19 | Matt Hasselbeck may be trading his shot at a starting job for his shot at a Super Bowl title. The veteran quarterback, released by the Tennessee Titans Monday, is already in discussions with the Indianapolis Colts and could soon agree to join the team as Andrew Luck's backup, according to a person informed of the offers made by the club. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the negotiations are ongoing. Though he's 37, Hasselbeck surely could find a spot that would allow him a better crack at a starting job. But obviously other factors are at play because Luck isn't losing his job anytime soon. Hasselbeck was scheduled to make $5.5 million in base salary from the Titans this season.

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March 19, 2013  08:52 AM ET

He doesn't deserve to be starting. Luck will benefit from having Hasselbeck in his ear.

March 19, 2013  08:59 AM ET

Good move by Hasselbeck and by the Colts. Both will gain on this deal.

March 19, 2013  09:25 AM ET

Yes, good move. Hasselbeck has reached the point in his career where is more of an elder statesman and mentor than he is a starting caliber player. He may have a few good games left in him if Luck has to sit out because of an injury, but he can be equally valuable in helping Luck develop.

March 19, 2013  09:30 AM ET

I agree with the first three.

March 19, 2013  09:45 AM ET

I agree with the first four

March 19, 2013  10:21 AM ET

Are The Colts ready to Play Slow Motion Football, their are only 2 Quarterbacks that WON the Superbowl after their 37thBirthday Johnny Unitus and The Great John Elway was 37 and won it again when he was 38, no way is Hasselback anywhere near those 2 Guys!!!

March 19, 2013  10:24 AM ET

this is sensible.

March 19, 2013  10:51 AM ET

What a great transition into retirement.

March 19, 2013  12:45 PM ET

Sounds like a win-win to me.

March 19, 2013  01:47 PM ET

Matt's pretty well known as a role model in Seattle. Not just for quarterbacking, but for life. If you saw Dilfer on a game broadcast last season talking about the impact Matt had in his life, you know what I'm talking about. Other players have said the same thing. Luck seems pretty together on his own, but this won't hurt. Matt's real value would be with a team with a talented young quarterback who has some growing up to do.

 
March 19, 2013  01:59 PM ET

Can't say anything bad about Hasselbeck.
He's a class act!

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