Keep An Eye On Matt HasselbeckFebruary 10th, 2013
It’s nearly mid-February, the
world’s largest indoor track practice NFL Combine is less than two weeks away, and Joe is still somewhat mesmerized by the Bucs’ declaration after 2012 ended that they desire competition for quarterback Josh Freeman.
That could mean all sorts of things from a trade for a backup to a free agent signing to drafting a quarterback in April.
Now Joe floated the name of Matt Cassel on radio today, just to see if that outraged the public or if perhaps the Bucs consider Cassel, the embattled Chiefs quarterback and virtual walking turnover would be considered “competition.”
Well, Joe has another, more reasonable name for “competition.”
That would be Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.
The former starter and Super Bowl quarterback is in the final year of his three-year contract that, if he stays with the Titans, would count some $7.5 million against the Titans’ salary cap.
Pretty hefty price for a backup quarterback, no?
So don’t be shocked if Hasselbeck, now the backup to Jake Locker, is out on the open market. Joe’s not saying he will be, but it’s likely.
Last year, Hasselbeck played in eight games and started five times. He completed 138 of 221 passes for just over a 62 percent completion percentage. Hasselbeck racked up 1,367 yards seven touchdowns and five picks.
If the Bucs and Greg Schiano were really serious about competition for Freeman, and no, Dan Orlovsky is not competition, keep your eyes out for Hasselback and whether the Titans cut ties with him or not.
Joe would be more inclined to such a move if somehow Hasselbeck brought along his annoying yet way cute sister-in-law.