5 Teams That Should Sign Matt Hasselbeck
A very shallow free-agent market at the quarterback position just got a little deeper.
On Monday, the Tennessee Titans parted ways with Matt Hasselbeck, who threw for just under 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns in eight games last year.
Granted, at 37 years old, Hasselbeck isn't the player who went to three Pro Bowls and led the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl, but there appears to be plenty of interest in the 14-year veteran.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that up to 10 teams have expressed interest in Hasselbeck's services, and here's a look at the squads who should be at the front of the line.
There are several playoff contenders looking at Hasselbeck as a potential backup according to Mortensen, including the New Orleans Saints and New York Giants.
The Indianapolis Colts should get in on the action as well. They apparently are, as Mike Garafolo and Jim Wyatt of USA Today report that the team is already negotiating with Hasselbeck.
Obviously Hasselbeck isn't going to unseat Andrew Luck as the starter, but he would provide an upgrade over Chandler Harnish, and the Colts have the cap space to bring the veteran on board.
Andrew Luck is a very smart young quarterback, but the youngster could probably learn a thing or two from a player who was always lauded more for his brains than his brawn.
If Hasselbeck doesn't sign with Indianapolis, then the Cleveland Browns would be well-served to give him a call.
Granted, at first glance Hasselbeck wouldn't appear to be an ideal fit for new head coach Rob Chudzinski's vertically-based passing offense.
However, at the very least Hasselbeck would be an excellent mentor for second-year pro Brandon Weeden, and would also provide a viable short-term Plan B if the new regime in Cleveland decides that Weeden isn't the answer under center.
New York Jets
The New York Jets signed David Garrard last week, further muddying a very unsettled quarterback situation for Gang Green.
That, combined with the Jets' salary-cap woes, make bringing Hasselbeck on board problematic, but that doesn't mean that they shouldn't at least give it some thought.
Simply put, Hasselbeck, even at this stage in his career, is better than David Garrard and Mark Sanchez.
I'm not even going to bring up Tim Tebow, who the Jets aren't ever going to allow to play quarterback for whatever reason.
It's by no means a long-term solution, but beggars can't be choosers.
It's a time of transition at the quarterback position for the Buffalo Bills, who released 2012 starter Ryan Fitzpatrick last week.
That makes Tarvaris Jackson the starter as things stand today, although the Bills will all but certainly select a quarterback early in the 2013 draft.
In Matt Hasselbeck, the team would at the very least procure a great mentor for their quarterback of the future, and Hasselbeck could also serve as a "bridge" starter if the Bills choose to bring a rookie passer along slowly.
That's the role the Bills likely have Jackson pegged for, but his one-year deal wouldn't be hard for the team to wriggle free from if they believe that Hasselbeck would be an upgrade.
If there's a team that's worse off at quarterback in the NFL than the Arizona Cardinals, I'd like to know who it is.
After releasing Kevin Kolb, the team's quarterbacks are Drew Stanton, Brian Hoyer, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley.
Those four put together don't equal one NFL quarterback.
Sure, Hasselbeck isn't exactly fleet of foot, which could be a problem given Arizona's leaky offensive front.
However, the simple fact is that the Arizona Cardinals are beyond desperate for quarterback help, and Hasselbeck would immediately become the best player on the roster at that position.