Thursday, February 7, 2013
Hasselbeck's 2013 team
By Tim Kavanagh
For the past two seasons, veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck has acted as a mentor for Jake Locker with the Tennessee Titans. The No. 8 pick of the 2011 draft saw a little action in his rookie campaign before taking over as the starter in 2012; despite that promotion, Hasselbeck was needed to play in eight games this past season in Locker's stead, including five starts. All things equal, it's likely that the Titans would want him back to continue on as that insurance policy behind Locker. Unfortunately, his cap figure may prevent that.
According to the Tennessean, Hasselbeck is slated to count $7.5 million against the Titans' cap, thanks to base salary and bonus money. That's obviously a lot for a clear backup QB. Fortunately, the veteran is open to restructuring his deal to make himself a more cap-friendly figure.
"I would definitely be up for that, for sure," Hasselbeck confirmed Wednesday about the possibility of renegotiating his deal. "I'm not in those conversations, but I'm aware of them. That topic came up maybe in September, October, November, somewhere in there. ... I would be excited about the opportunity because it would be basically having the opportunity to stay. But again, there's so much that goes into those things. But from my perspective, yeah, absolutely."
If things don't work out for whatever reason, Hasselbeck would be in relatively high demand elsewhere to serve in a similar role: several teams need a new backup this offseason, and for the clubs that will be drafting a rookie, Hasselbeck may even be under consideration as their starter. Sure, his best days are behind him, but he's a more viable NFL starter at this point than some of the other options available. For that reason, though, it's expected that the Titans will try to hang on to him.
Paul KuharskyThis would be a good idea
"If the Titans can get it down, of course they should get it down. Odds are that would come with an extension that takes it past 2013. Combine the current salaries of Hasselbeck and starter Jake Locker and the Titans are hardly spending unreasonably on their top two quarterbacks."