Hasselbeck chooses Titans

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At a time when multiple teams were believed to be chasing veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, the former Seahawk has decided to join the Titans.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Hasselbeck has agreed to terms on a multi-year deal.  Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean has confirmed it.

It’ll be interesting to see the specifics of the financial package, given that the Titans used the eighth overall pick in the draft on quarterback Jake Locker.

First-year head coach Mike Munchak recently said that he wants a veteran who can mentor and compete with Locker and Rusty Smith.

Hasselbeck was a backup for two years in Green Bay, before being traded to Seattle.  He was the starter with the Seahawks for 10 seasons (my gosh has it been that long), leading the team to Super Bowl XL and numerous other playoff appearances.

He has a career passer rating of 82.2, with 176 touchdowns, 128 interceptions, and nearly 30,000 yards.

40 responses to “Hasselbeck chooses Titans

  1. With as much buzz as he had you would think there would have been better options? CJ guna hold out, Kenny Britt will be suspended and the defense is kinda bare. I would have stayed in Seattle…

  2. An underrated QB and a tremendous person, could help put the Titans in playoff hunt if nothing else.

  3. I think this is a very logical place for Hasselbeck. & he’s actually the best QB they’ve had in years.
    I bet Locker gets some playing time and Hasselbeck transitions into his “Wise-Old Sage” point of his career. He seems to be a consumate pro. Plus who wouldn’t hold a clipboard and drink Gatorade for a couple million?

  4. Good for Hasselbeck. Can’t believe the Seahawks would rather have Jackson/Leinart. Jackson was absolutely hideous this year.

    Hasselbeck’s career numbers are pretty darn good – has gone under the radar out there on the west coast.

  5. Good luck Hass! Tennessee just picked up a great person and a true professional. If Tennessee’s line can keep him upright, he’s still got a little gas left in the tank and will perform. A great guy for locker to learn from. We’ll miss Hass, but look forward to his addition in the ring of honor soon.

  6. I bet Matt doesn’t even care what happens. He’s just so happy to finally get away from the ugliest uniforms in NFL history. Titan blue is pretty.

  7. eaglesfootballfan says:
    Jul 27, 2011 8:06 AM
    Wow. I thought Hasselbeck was suppose to come in and mentor Locker for a year or 2 but a multi year deal.
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    You do realize that two years would be a “multi-year” deal, right?

  8. “Good for Hasselbeck. Can’t believe the Seahawks would rather have Jackson/Leinart. Jackson was absolutely hideous this year.

    Hasselbeck’s career numbers are pretty darn good – has gone under the radar out there on the west coast.”

    I guess you didn’t look at the numbers from the last three years.

    Thanks for everything Matt, good luck in Tennessee.

  9. Anything more than 1 year is a multi year deal for those of you who keep acting like it’s so hard to understand.

  10. He’ll actually make for a good backup fantasy QB this year. Every secondary in that division is swiss cheese (Indy’s decent).

  11. Well now I hope that the Cards trade for Orton since Hasslebeck is out of the division. They would have a good shot to getting back on top of the nfc west again. Jackson and Leinart are both terrible. Rams are a year or two away.

  12. Good luck Matt. Always a class act in Seattle. Last few years were pretty brutal, but we’ll see if he has anything left now that he has a legit running game.

  13. Tells me that Hasselbeck was not being pursued by anyone else. Why end your career on a re-building losing team unless you had no other options?

  14. As a Seahawks fan, I agree that Hasselbeck would have been a better choice than Whitehurst/Jackson/Leinart…for THIS YEAR.

    Seattle isn’t about this year, though. They need someone who can step up and lead the team for the next several years. Keeping Hass around means that we’d likely never get to see what Whitehurst can do. At this point, Jackson and Leinart are about as good as they could hope for for second-and-third string QBs, and who knows, one of them may turn things around, given the chance.

    If they all wash out, though, Seattle may be in Luck.

  15. If I’m remembering correctly, Hasselbeck had his best years when his offense was able to establish a running game (S. Alexander). I may be in the minority, but I wouldn’t be shocked if he had a breakout year.

  16. I’m a die hard Seahawk fan, I am sad to see him go but the Titans should have a few good years with Matt. He had swiss cheese o-line for a couple of years and took a beating (last year it wasn’t bad in pass protection) When he is in rhythm he’s as good as any QB like he displayed in the playoff game against the Saints. Class act and couldn’t be a better mentor for Jake Locker.

  17. We’ve liked Matt going back to his Green Bay days.

    Hard worker, no b.s., straight ahead guy.

    Team player.

    Titans made a good move. The multi-year deal sends a message to Jake Locker — if you want to play, take it away from him.

    That’s football.

    Tavaris Jackson is not a replacement for Matt..

  18. There us a reason Holmgren didn’t want Hasselbeck mentoring Colt McCoy. Matt is a notorious poor decision maker which has led to his moniker in Sea if being the turnover machine (averages 2.5 a game)…signing is good for him, great for Seahawks, bad for Titans

  19. cardsfann1 says:
    Jul 27, 2011 8:51 AM
    Well now I hope that the Cards trade for Orton since Hasslebeck is out of the division. They would have a good shot to getting back on top of the nfc west again. Jackson and Leinart are both terrible. Rams are a year or two away.

    I think the Ram’s are a lot closer than the Cards there buddy

  20. Loved the idea of Hasselbeck to the Titans but really wasn’t convinced Hasselbeck would be interested. I think he’s probably the best option out there for a transitional QB who is capable of winning games and doesn’t bring any real baggage. I just hope his body holds up.

    Already impressed by Locker’s maturity and seems like he has a great work ethic, and I like the intangibles Hasselbeck adds to the mix.

    Titans have a long way to go with free agency especially shoring up the defensive side of the ball (including making decisions on their own guys), but this is a nice tone-setter.

  21. clintonportisheadd says:
    Jul 27, 2011 9:00 AM
    Tells me that Hasselbeck was not being pursued by anyone else. Why end your career on a re-building losing team unless you had no other options?
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    Maybe, maybe not.
    According to what I’ve heard, the main reason Hass turned down Seattle’s 2 year offer pre lockout (which remained the same offer post lockout) is that he wanted more years/guaranteed money. If Tenn gave him that and Sea wouldn’t it’s a no brainer. And really I am not sure Seattle, despite having won their division last year, is that much better of a team than Tenn right now anyway.

  22. Hass aint what he used to be hes numbers have declined over the last 3 years as has his body. But, you cant teach experience. Your O-Line is much better than ours has been so I think he should remain healthy and put up some good number for you over the next couple of years.

    This is a great pickup for Locker. He gets to learn from the QB he grew up watching and hopefully in a couple years know enough to have a successful career in the NFL.

    on a side note…how sucky would it be to go from seattle to tennessee?

  23. Wow so the Titans only plan to win 7 games this season, while I don’t understand the strategy who am I to question a professional NFL franchise? Cause obviously 7-9 gets you to the playoffs in the AFC South. It’s not like there are better teams in the division right? Wait there are my bad.

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