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Report: Matt Hasselbeck not expected back with Colts

during a game  at Sun Life Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Getty Images

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said recently that Colts coach Chuck Pagano told him that the Colts would love to have him back for another season to serve as Andrew Luck’s backup, but there may have been a change of heart in Indianapolis.

Michael Silver of NFL Media reports that the Colts have let Hasselbeck know that he isn’t currently in the team’s plans for 2016. That would leave Josh Freeman, who signed with the Colts late last season and started the season finale with Luck, Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst injured, in position to be the No. 2 in Indianapolis.

Hasselbeck was unsure if he would return for the 2016 season, which would be his 18th in the NFL, after the year ends and, per Silver, is uncertain if he wants to play for another team. If he decides that he does, he should find a strong market for backup jobs. Hasselbeck’s work in place of Luck last season was generally good and there aren’t any other backup options on the market with his amount of starting experience.

The Colts also have Stephen Morris under contract at quarterback for 2016.

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33 Responses to “Report: Matt Hasselbeck not expected back with Colts”
  1. magnumpimustache says: Feb 28, 2016 3:22 PM

    Who is evaluating talent in indy?

    Patriots should never have gotten malcomb brown.

  2. head1994 says: Feb 28, 2016 3:33 PM

    Dolphins

  3. marvsleezy says: Feb 28, 2016 3:40 PM

    No loyalty what so ever. That’s cold. This guy came off his death bed to win them a game last year and was better than Luck at times.

  4. kylexitron says: Feb 28, 2016 3:46 PM

    Would love to see him return to Seattle to back up Wilson and retire a Seahawk. But he wouldn’t last two plays in a preseason game with that offensive offensive line.

  5. dynasonic says: Feb 28, 2016 4:04 PM

    Indy signs Frank Gore and PFT is all: “Indy is too old! WTF is Grigson doing?”

    Indy shows hesitation signing the oldest QB in the league and PFT is all: “Where is the loyalty?! WTF is Grigson doing?!”

  6. coltsreign says: Feb 28, 2016 4:13 PM

    Release Freeman and morris.
    Keep Luck, Hasselbeck, and Whitehurst

  7. nflgtcfl says: Feb 28, 2016 4:18 PM

    DEN Backup to whom ever is the starter. Especially good idea if Brock is the starter, as it provides great mentoring without Brock looking over his shoulder.

  8. thermanmerman99 says: Feb 28, 2016 4:32 PM

    Has anyone seen flash1287 and his crybaby nation posts since the playoff loss to Denver? Hiding under another name now? How is that world revenge tour going? LOL

  9. Bizzareslantpass says: Feb 28, 2016 4:41 PM

    If Hasselbeck was the starter in Denver the Broncos would have won the Super Bowl 42-10.

  10. dexx57 says: Feb 28, 2016 5:35 PM

    He’s better than andrew suck, who had a losing record as starter last season.

  11. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Feb 28, 2016 5:54 PM

    Does it really matter? Indy is circling the drain with Grigson running the show. Extend his contract,please. As long as Grigson is there, the Patriots will own them. Thank you.

  12. jag1959 says: Feb 28, 2016 5:54 PM

    dynasonic says:
    Feb 28, 2016 4:04 PM
    Indy signs Frank Gore and PFT is all: “Indy is too old! WTF is Grigson doing?”

    Indy shows hesitation signing the oldest QB in the league and PFT is all: “Where is the loyalty?! WTF is Grigson doing?!”
    _____________________

    Can’t blame them. Look at that team, Luck probably spends no small amount of time wondering “WTF is Grigson doing?”

  13. tonebones says: Feb 28, 2016 6:26 PM

    Hasselbeck and Peyton Manning are both good QBs when healthy. But 40 year old QBs have a hard time staying healthy. Grigson was the NFL Executive of the Year just a couple years ago. The Colts won 36 games in Grigson’s first three seasons, and he took over a 2-14 team. Last year Andrew Luck, who was just about everyone’s pre-season MVP, got injured and the Colts slipped to 8-8. The Colts could easily make it to the super bowl this year with the talent that Grigson has assembled. There are so many people out there that just hate winners. Belichick and Brady are hated by many. Peyton Manning is hated. Nick Saban is hated. People hate Tiger Woods and LeBron James. That’s the price you pay for success. I think Grigson will just keep on winning and he’ll be happy to deal with the naysayers. I doubt that he even knows they exist.

  14. intrafinesse says: Feb 28, 2016 6:35 PM

    Ryan Griggson is a horrible GM. Other than drafting Luck, which was an obvious move everyone would make, his only good pick in 4 years was TY Hilton.

    >>tonebones says:
    Feb 28, 2016 6:26 PM
    Hasselbeck and Peyton Manning are both good QBs when healthy. But 40 year old QBs have a hard time staying healthy. Grigson was the NFL Executive of the Year just a couple years ago. The Colts won 36 games in Grigson’s first three seasons, and he took over a 2-14 team. Last year Andrew Luck, who was just about everyone’s pre-season MVP, got injured and the Colts slipped to 8-8. The Colts could easily make it to the super bowl this year with the talent that Grigson has assembled. There are so many people out there that just hate winners. Belichick and Brady are hated by many. Peyton Manning is hated. Nick Saban is hated. People hate Tiger Woods and LeBron James. That’s the price you pay for success. I think Grigson will just keep on winning and he’ll be happy to deal with the naysayers. I doubt that he even knows they exist.

  15. tgoat12 says: Feb 28, 2016 6:40 PM

    Bottom 5 franchise!

  16. captainwhodat says: Feb 28, 2016 6:44 PM

    Hasselbeck > than Freeman, and doesn’t have a drug problem (queue Tampa Bay problems)…another brilliant move by that quintessential talent evaluator/gm Grigson…I wonder where AL will be playing in 2017…

  17. oscarxray says: Feb 28, 2016 7:00 PM

    His sister-in-law left Fox & Friends. Not saying connect the dots. Just saying.

  18. nhpats says: Feb 28, 2016 7:05 PM

    When is Goodell going to take away Colts draft picks because the Colts failed to disclose Luck’s broken ribs? For that matter, when is Goodell going to take away Colts draft picks because 75% of their footballs were under inflated in the AFCCG?

  19. ikeclanton says: Feb 28, 2016 7:18 PM

    The Colts won’t win anything until they find a way to morph into a mentally-tough team. Talent alone doesn’t give you that. That’s a problem that starts with the GM based on the personnel he’s assembled, and the head coach who’s responsible for the attitude required of a champion on the field and everywhere else.

  20. theweedsthruthetrees says: Feb 28, 2016 7:30 PM

    COME BACK TO SEATTLE AND RETIRE AS A SEAHAWK MATT!!!

  21. mongo3401 says: Feb 28, 2016 7:44 PM

    Grits on will release a good back up qb, draft another 5 receivers and sign two WR in FA. When Luckngets mauled again he will fire Pagano

  22. kylexitron says: Feb 28, 2016 8:06 PM

    If the Browns had been smart the would have picked up hasselbeck years ago when he left seattle. They would have had five seasons with a smart veteran QB to run things while they took the time to build a strong team and philosophy.

    Instead they have drafted guys like Weeden and Manziel.

  23. tonebones says: Feb 28, 2016 9:03 PM

    intrafinesse says:
    Feb 28, 2016 6:35 PM

    Ryan Griggson is a horrible GM. Other than drafting Luck, which was an obvious move everyone would make, his only good pick in 4 years was TY Hilton.
    ————————–
    “Other than drafting Luck”. You could also say other than Microsoft Bill Gates is a total loser. Other than Apple, Steve Jobs is a nobody. Other than being a genius Albert Einstein is just another dude. Gee whiz. You can say that about anybody. How many playoffs games has Bill Belichick won without Tom Brady? Zero. How many playoff games did Walsh win without Montana? Zero. How many super bowls did Vince Lombardi win without Bart Starr? Zero. Well they’re not taking those guys out of the Hall of Fame any time soon. By the way, a lot of GMs preferred RG3. Had the Colts not made a GM change that year, RG3 could very well have been a Colt.

  24. meximyke says: Feb 28, 2016 9:09 PM

    Josh Freeman! You got to be kidding!!! I thought he was working at McDonalds! He’s definitely NO NFL QB, so whats he doing on the roster?

  25. Blindsquirrelsfindnuts says: Feb 28, 2016 9:14 PM

    tonebones says:
    Feb 28, 2016 6:26 PM
    Hasselbeck and Peyton Manning are both good QBs when healthy. But 40 year old QBs have a hard time staying healthy. Grigson was the NFL Executive of the Year just a couple years ago. The Colts won 36 games in Grigson’s first three seasons, and he took over a 2-14 team. Last year Andrew Luck, who was just about everyone’s pre-season MVP, got injured and the Colts slipped to 8-8. The Colts could easily make it to the super bowl this year with the talent that Grigson has assembled. There are so many people out there that just hate winners. Belichick and Brady are hated by many. Peyton Manning is hated. Nick Saban is hated. People hate Tiger Woods and LeBron James. That’s the price you pay for success. I think Grigson will just keep on winning and he’ll be happy to deal with the naysayers. I doubt that he even knows they exist.

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    Odd thing is the people you listed are all winners and considered all time greats in their chosen profession. Ryan Grigson, not so much

  26. kevpft says: Feb 28, 2016 9:23 PM

    Colts are crazy. No question they should have brought him back. He may be the only reason Pagano & Grigson sill have jobs.

  27. artworkworld says: Feb 28, 2016 10:57 PM

    He could take the Texans further into the playoffs…sad as that is. They just need decent quarterback play.

  28. kissmytaintpatriotswinagain says: Feb 29, 2016 12:16 AM

    Patriots 4 superbowl Colts 1. Don’t ever mention is again in the same paragraph ever again, thanks….

  29. Central Cali Chiefs says: Feb 29, 2016 12:48 AM

    Just retire already, damn!!!
    Hasselback had his moments last season, but overall he looked like an over the hill and past his prime athlete. This is a young man’s game, Matthew had his time. I think he should be okay financially, so why risk more injuries?
    If anyone saw him writhing in pain while getting pounded by the Miami Defense should pray that he comes to his senses and retire in one piece.

  30. chawk12thman says: Feb 29, 2016 1:04 AM

    His return to Seattle as the backup and ultimate retirement/ring of honor with Seahawks makes great sentimental sense. Without backup under contract currently, the Seahawks will undoubtedly explore this option. I hope it happens.

  31. hrmlss says: Feb 29, 2016 1:39 AM

    Could probably start for 4-5 teams. That is what is sad. And 15 years ago he was the back up to Favre.

  32. fafaflunky says: Feb 29, 2016 1:59 AM

    Colts draft luck. Then draft no d no oline no rb no wr. Dumb

  33. jag1959 says: Feb 29, 2016 8:38 AM

    tonebones says:
    Feb 28, 2016 9:03 PM
    “Other than drafting Luck”…
    ______________

    Luck was the target pick from the moment they started tanking to get him in the first game of the year. The talk of RGme being taken over him was just that but even if it were legit, coming out on the right side of a 50/50 shot barely qualifies as fortunate. Considering that Grigson has done nothing else of note comparing the world class accomplishments of the others mentioned is laughable.

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