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Hasselbeck is “strongly leaning” toward playing again

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A quarterback who’ll turn 40 next month apparently is leaning toward retiring. A quarterback who’ll turn 41 later this year is leaning toward not retiring.

Colts quarterback Matthew Hasselbeck, who started eight games in 2015, could be back again in 2016.

“I haven’t really I guess made up my mind completely on it,” Hasselbeck told Brock & Salk of ESPN 710 in Seattle. “You’ve kind of got to count the cost of what it would mean, what you’re saying ‘yes’ to and what you’re saying ‘no’ to. My kids are getting older. But all in all I would say I’m strongly leaning toward playing again, and we’ll see.”

By thinking about playing past his 41st birthday, Hasselbeck may be creating the impression that he plans to play as long as possible. But he said that’s not the case.

“I’m not trying to play as long as I can,” Hasselbeck said. “I decided [that] I’m gonna play for five surgeries. That was like my mindset. Like five years or five surgeries. And I’ve only had one surgery in my entire life. I think it was a bad way to set a goal. I’m not sure.”

It’s not sure that the Colts want Hasselbeck, even if he chooses to play. Hasselbeck is due to become a free agent in March. Still, without enough competent quarterbacks to go around, someone will want him, if the Colts don’t.

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37 Responses to “Hasselbeck is “strongly leaning” toward playing again”
  1. Johnny Drunk says: Feb 11, 2016 8:12 PM

    He was a better QB than Peyton Manning this year.

  2. jaughe71 says: Feb 11, 2016 8:16 PM

    The fact he says he wants to play again leads me to believe he should still be in the concussion protocol…

  3. indymarc says: Feb 11, 2016 8:25 PM

    If he is still with the Colts and has to play, I hope he’s playing behind an offensive line that won’t allow him to be murdered every other down.

  4. chawk12thman says: Feb 11, 2016 8:32 PM

    Would love him to come back and back up Russell and end his career in Seattle……..I don’t see it happening, as he likely will be able to get much more money from other teams that need a potential 1/2 time starting QB than the 1.5Million he could get from the Hawks……

  5. ariani1985 says: Feb 11, 2016 9:00 PM

    Seahawks on line 1! This cat is not a game manager!

  6. straightfactshomie says: Feb 11, 2016 9:06 PM

    We want the ball and we are gonna score!

    ….pick 6

  7. genericcommenter says: Feb 11, 2016 9:14 PM

    It’s almost always better to be overconfident.

  8. bornahawker says: Feb 11, 2016 9:21 PM

    Get that dough back up!
    Go Hawks!

  9. TeamBalco says: Feb 11, 2016 9:31 PM

    He could start for the Browns.

    Draft the future and let him learn from a proven vet.

  10. eagles1960 says: Feb 11, 2016 9:35 PM

    What a joke. C’mon you g guys.

  11. lastnameiswilson says: Feb 11, 2016 9:47 PM

    Wish you well Matt! When you decide to hang it up, come back to Seattle for the one day contract and retire a SEAHAWK! We still love yea and will always remember you put us on the map!

  12. jchipwood says: Feb 11, 2016 9:51 PM

    Considering the way Brady finished the season….the patriots are more than likely interested in a qb. But the qb has to WANT TO CHEAT. So that may be the dealbreaker.

  13. cueghost says: Feb 11, 2016 9:58 PM

    Here’s Jerry’s new backup.

  14. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Feb 11, 2016 10:05 PM

    He’s insane. He’s made of glass. He has a great career as game analyst ahead of him. Give it up Matt.

  15. delebar says: Feb 11, 2016 10:11 PM

    Similarly, I also am not ruling out a third-party bid for the presidency.

  16. kylexitron says: Feb 11, 2016 10:37 PM

    Hasselbeck would have thrown his 40 year old body in the ball that Cam wouldn’t.

  17. itsthecameenewtonshowcom says: Feb 11, 2016 10:46 PM

    Lois Lane would have jumped on the ball. Superman wouldn’t.

  18. raiderapologist says: Feb 11, 2016 10:51 PM

    He must not be good with money.

  19. purpleandgoldforever says: Feb 11, 2016 11:02 PM

    Least Hasselbeck would go after a fumble, unlike Camshaft of the Panthers

  20. 2ruefan says: Feb 11, 2016 11:09 PM

    Aw c’mon with the negative comments.

    Dude played really well for a 40 year old this year.
    Give him a decent running game and a line that protects him, and he could be a starter as long as he doesn’t get knocked around too much.

  21. stampnhawk says: Feb 11, 2016 11:32 PM

    He was done as a truly effective QB the second to last year with Seattle. That was 6 years aho now. Terrible decisions,and his arm wasnt wrong enough to get him out of trouble as much,and that meant a lot of INTs.

    Then to Tennessee and really gave Locker no support.

    But, in the league where guys who have done nothing since college are still getting tryouts when a team needs an emergency backup, he’s a few steps above them. And face it, a lot of the NFL, when it comes to players and coaches, is about who you know and your perception in order to get or keep a job.

  22. kowboydmac says: Feb 11, 2016 11:38 PM

    But the Cowboys won’t be interested.

    They want Manziel.

    And the world keeps on spinnin….

  23. voiceofsweetness says: Feb 12, 2016 12:07 AM

    with the qb’s available in this league i would gladly take him to back up cutler in Chicago

  24. hockeyflow30 says: Feb 12, 2016 12:36 AM

    So a guy wants to make seven figures while getting paid to workout and have sideline seats?

    Shocking.

  25. moses74 says: Feb 12, 2016 12:44 AM

    jchipwood says:
    Feb 11, 2016 9:51 PM

    Considering the way Brady finished the season….the patriots are more than likely interested in a qb. But the qb has to WANT TO CHEAT. So that may be the dealbreaker.

    =====================

    Terrible assement jchipwood – Brady didn’t have an offensive line most of the 2nd part of the season and his final game really showed that to everyone. You must be blind lol

  26. zeke2517 says: Feb 12, 2016 1:04 AM

    I’m not leaning strongly towards caring.

  27. 1964bclions says: Feb 12, 2016 1:21 AM

    Not everyone has the natural ability to be an NFL Quarterback.

    Everyone has the ability to be an exceptional person.

    Mr. Hasselbeck has accomplished both.

    Regardless if he steps on the field next year or not.

  28. tedskins333 says: Feb 12, 2016 5:55 AM

    Manziel to cowboys? Yes please.

  29. tennesseeoilers says: Feb 12, 2016 7:27 AM

    Actually, Hass was the ONE good thing that happened to Jake Locker during his Titans years. I sure wish he was backing up (and teaching) Marcus Mariota. For sure.

  30. ohand16 says: Feb 12, 2016 8:04 AM

    After the beating he took this year – why? His family should step in and stop this.

  31. ikeclanton says: Feb 12, 2016 8:17 AM

    jchipwood says:
    Feb 11, 2016 9:51 PM
    Considering the way Brady finished the season….the patriots are more than likely interested in a qb. But the qb has to WANT TO CHEAT. So that may be the dealbreaker.

    —————–

    He could go to the Dolphins, where dreams go to die and jealousy sparks mindless trolls?

    Lotta positivity down there…

  32. steelerben says: Feb 12, 2016 8:17 AM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Pittsburgh bring him in for the two to three games you expect Roethlisberger to miss every season.

  33. jonathankrobinson424 says: Feb 12, 2016 9:16 AM

    ….Hasselbeck will take ANY contract offer and get that fat paycheck TILL no team comes a calling for him anymore. And why not?….take every penny from the NFL you can.

  34. nhpats says: Feb 12, 2016 10:12 AM

    jchipwood says:
    Feb 11, 2016 9:51 PM
    Considering the way Brady finished the season….the patriots are more than likely interested in a qb. But the qb has to WANT TO CHEAT. So that may be the deal breaker.

    ————–

    Awwwww……JC is still butt-hurt his team hasn’t been relevant since 1972….

  35. canadianfan33 says: Feb 12, 2016 10:44 AM

    As A Rams fan, I would rather see them sign Hasselbeck than Manning. I believe he has more left in the tank. With an Oline that was better than most realize, and Gurley as the running back, he could do well. Also he would help mentor the draft pick I believe is coming.

  36. infectorman says: Feb 12, 2016 12:46 PM

    lastnamewilson says:
    Feb 11, 2016 9:47 PM

    Wish you well Matt! When you decide to hang it up, come back to Seattle for the one day contract and retire a SEAHAWK! We still love yea and will always remember you put us on the map!
    __________________________________

    Further prof most Seahag fans just started watching football a few years ago.

    Jim Zorn & Steve Largent put you on the map

  37. tobdrue69 says: Feb 12, 2016 12:51 PM

    A perfect backup for Big Ben as we make our title run in 2016.

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