NFL Free Agents 2011: 5 Teams That Need to Make a Run at Matt Hasselbeck

Matt SmithContributor IIIJuly 27, 2011

NFL Free Agents 2011: 5 Teams That Need to Make a Run at Matt Hasselbeck

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    After an NFC West title and a huge upset over the New Orleans Saints at Qwest Stadium last season, it seems as if Matt Hasselbeck is being shown the door.

    The soon-to-be 36-year-old is in a bad situation, as reports that the Seahawks have come to an agreement with ex-Viking Tarvaris Jackson.

    ESPN also reports the possibility that Matt Leinart could go to the Seahawks. That seems to be a possibility as Pete Carroll has always shown an allegiance to his former USC players.

    That said, there are several teams in need of a veteran quarterback.

    Here are five teams in particular that could use Hasselbeck, whether it be for insurance to a starter or usage as the starter.

Tennessee Titans

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    Jake Locker, the No. 8 overall selection in the 2011 NFL draft, seems to be the Titans' starting quarterback.

    Kerry Collins may have started the season as the starter, but he's now retired.

    Locker isn't ready to be a starter in Week 1, so the Titans must be looking elsewhere.

    Hasselbeck is a proven player who could come in, play immediately and help develop Locker.

Minnesota Vikings

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    Despite being very intelligent and one of, if not the most pro-ready quarterbacks from this draft, Christian Ponder is not ready to start.

    The shortened offseason and the lockout will not bode well for him.

    After supposedly letting Tarvaris Jackson go to the Seahawks, the Vikings' only other quarterbacks besides Ponder who could start are Joe Webb and Donovan McNabb.

    The Vikings are reportedly attempting to trade for McNabb in an ill-advised move.

    Hasselbeck is a veteran who'll step in until Ponder is ready.

Washington Redskins

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    John Beck is not given enough credit for his arm strength, but that still doesn't mean he's a legitimate starting quarterback.

    The Redskins seem headed towards a top five draft pick if they can't get their quarterback situation straight.

    That's where Hasselbeck comes in.

    The former Seahawk is an immediate upgrade over anyone Washington is thinking about plugging in at quarterback.

Carolina Panthers

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    The Panthers are going to open the season with either Jimmy Clausen or Cam Newton as starter.

    They let Matt Moore go, although it wasn't the smartest decision.

    Clausen or Newton aren't good options. I'm not saying Newton isn't going to turn out to be a good quarterback—he might—but he isn't ready to start for an NFL team.

    Hasselbeck is the veteran Carolina needs to come in and mentor these two rookies.

    As an added benefit, he can become the starter for an entire season.

Cleveland Browns

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    While I don't believe he should be, Colt McCoy is being looked at as the Browns quarterback of the future.

    Though the Browns have a veteran in Jake Delhomme, they would be wise to cut Delhomme and sign Hasselbeck.

    Hasselbeck is a better quarterback and is a quality backup. He would aid more in the development of McCoy if he does choose to go there.