Add Titans backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to the pay-cut-or-be-cut club, and at least the veteran passer understands exactly what’s going on.
Hasselbeck said his agent and the Titans are still talking about what his contract will look like, understanding it might not necessarily be the $5.5 million on base salary he stands to collect now. If they can’t agree, he figures he’ll have to look elsewhere.
“Well, yeah, if we can’t come to an agreement, I guess that’s what they’d have to do. That’s just how it goes,” Hasselbeck told John Glennon of the Tennesseean. “Right now I’m working out hard, getting prepared and ready, trying to have the best year I can. Again, I’m really hopeful that it’s here, but I understand that some things are more out of your control.”
Unlike when he walked in the door two years ago, he’s entrenched as the backup behind Jake Locker, and the Titans are leaning toward the compensation matching that status.
“I believe in what we’re doing. I believe in [general manager] Ruston Webster and [coach] Mike Munchak. I believe in my teammates like Jake,” Hasselbeck said. “But , . . . anything can happen. Surprises come. We’ll see. I don’t know. Some of it is out of my hands, and some of it is in my hands.
“I’m really wanting to be part of something special, part of something good, something I can be proud of and things like that will far outweigh salary or whatever. My feelings for wanting to stay haven’t changed. My feelings for how easy it’s been for us to plug into this community in Nashville haven’t changed.”
While he’s not going to play for free, Hasselbeck’s approach to this makes it more likely a deal gets worked out that keeps him making a living wage, while the team re-adjusts the books to reflect his status on the depth chart.