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Colts inquired about Hasselbeck last month

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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.

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16 Responses to “Colts inquired about Hasselbeck last month”
  1. billinva says: Aug 25, 2011 7:35 PM

    Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn.

  2. captainwisdom8888 says: Aug 25, 2011 7:35 PM

    The Colts should start thinking about drafting a young QB who Peyton can groom for a few years. I still see at least another 4-5 years from Manning though.

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

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

  4. phillyphever says: Aug 25, 2011 7:43 PM

    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?

  5. uberniner says: Aug 25, 2011 7:50 PM

    I understand that Jamarcus can throw a bucket of chicken 70 yards in the air! Perfect….

  6. 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.

  7. FinFan68 says: Aug 25, 2011 7:57 PM

    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

  8. eaglesfan290 says: Aug 25, 2011 8:08 PM

    That a boy Peyton Sue the league so you can rape the Colts for 90 Million and then sit at home all year!

  9. sundayisthebestday says: Aug 25, 2011 8:09 PM

    Did Jamarcus really lose all that weight? Too bad… the Colts could’ve signed him to help with their O-Line problems.

  10. purplehayseuss says: Aug 25, 2011 8:11 PM

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

    ***

    Sorry, that was Bryant McKinnie. Easy mistake.

  11. thespeaker08 says: Aug 25, 2011 8:17 PM

    Tim Hasselback would be better than all 3 options listed here.

  12. commandercornpone says: Aug 25, 2011 8:23 PM

    if empty it might go 7 yards

    and jeff george is available.

  13. bears1818 says: Aug 25, 2011 8:28 PM

    Ok I would rather see Favre than Collins. Not going to lie!

  14. whichiwhichwawa says: Aug 26, 2011 12:22 AM

    go get TEBOW and see if peyton can do wonders with him…then he can truly be called QB god!!!

  15. txnative61 says: Aug 26, 2011 2:49 AM

    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.

  16. NFLJunkie says: Aug 26, 2011 6:58 AM

    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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