Last week was a strange one for veteran quarterback Matthew Hasselbeck. Cut by the Titans before being scooped by the Colts, Hasselbeck essentially swapped shades of blue in the AFC South.
“I’m still in shock a little bit. It happened so fast,” Hasselbeck tells Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “But there’s no reason for anyone to feel bad for me; I’ve sort of sensed that at times when I’ve talked to friends and teammates. It’s unfortunate it went down the way it did, and it’s hard on the kids. But you have to move on and I have to focus on all the good that came from the experience here in Nashville.”
Hasselbeck explained that he would be willing t0 make a “significant” reduction to his $5.5 million salary, but that after positive talks the Titans dug in at a number to which Hasselbeck wasn’t willing to drop. That number apparently was $2.75 million.
“There’s no ill will,” Hasselbeck said. “The only ‘Hmmm’ thing I ever had really is when [Ryan] Fitzpatrick’s deal, hours later, was a half-million more than I was ever offered. Maybe that just meant they had more wiggle room and we never got to that point, I don’t know.”
Still, Hasselbeck will earn $5 million this year to play for a team that made it to the postseason in 2012, and that has an arrow pointing straight up. That’s money well spent for the Colts, given what Hasselbeck can do to help Luck develop — and given what Hasselbeck learned over the last two years about Titans quarterback Jake Locker.