Colts inquired about Hasselbeck last month

AP

The fact that the Colts signed quarterback Kerry Collins on Wednesday suggests that the team only recently concluded that starter Peyton Manning may not be ready come Week One.  But they’ve apparently been planning or Peyton’s possible absence for a while.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that the Colts made inquiries regarding the availability of Matthew Hasselbeck, before he signed with the Titans.

It’s unknown whether the Colts explored any other possibilities (cough . . . Favre . . . cough), but the signs continue to point to problems for Peyton.

16 responses to “Colts inquired about Hasselbeck last month

  1. beastofeden says:
    Aug 25, 2011 7:42 PM

    Hello?!? Jamarcus is primed and ready. He lost over 50 pounds and improved his throwing motion

    So he’s down to 300 lbs?

  2. As a Colts fan, it’s good to know they at least tried going after a more serviceable QB than Kerry Collins. But seriously, this is a non-story. Hasselbeck still thinks he’s good enough to start and not keep the seat warm for Peyton for a few games. No decent QB would want to be #18’s backup if he ever wanted to see the field.

  3. uberniner says:
    Aug 25, 2011 7:50 PM
    I understand that Jamarcus can throw a bucket of chicken 70 yards in the air! Perfect….
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Impressive, considering the bucket would likely be empty

  4. Collins is perfect. He’s been bashed so much over the years, he’s got no ego left. He can start, and maybe win a few games, then ride the pine drawing his money for a few more years. I don’t see the downside for him, and maybe not the Colts either.

  5. aboveaveragejoe11 says:
    Aug 25, 2011 7:51 PM
    As a Colts fan, it’s good to know they at least tried going after a more serviceable QB than Kerry Collins. But seriously, this is a non-story. Hasselbeck still thinks he’s good enough to start and not keep the seat warm for Peyton for a few games. No decent QB would want to be #18′s backup if he ever wanted to see the field.

    The story is that they were concerned enough about Manning’s status a month ago to inquire about Hasselbeck, and when that didn’t happen, another month and a lot of practices went by before they finally inked Collins. For $4M.

    There’s a few reasons why that might be, but frankly, none of them are very good for the Colts. The two main ones being that their concern about Manning suddenly spiked recently, or they grossly overestimated Painter and Orlovsky’s ability to hold down the fort — and are sufficiently desperate now to invest the money in a guy they probably could’ve lured off his couch a month ago with the same offer.

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