In a move that shocks absolutely no one, the Tennessee Titans have cut quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in an effort to save some cash and open up a roster spot for a different backup quarterback. Hasselbeck’s time in Tennessee seemed to be ticking as Jake Locker is clearly the quarterback of the future and Hasselbeck would have been too expensive to bring back in 2013.
BREAKING: The #Titans have informed veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck he’s being released, according to sources.
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) March 18, 2013
Had the Titans kept Hasselbeck on for the 2013 season, he would have cost Tennessee roughly $5.5 million and that would have been to simply be a backup to Locker. In addition to that, Hasselbeck has been in a steep decline over the last few years and seems to not be getting any better at the ripe age of 37, so the time was right to part ways with the veteran.
Besides, the writing was on the wall especially after the Titans were caught flirting with Ryan Fitzpatrick earlier last week after he was cut by the Buffalo Bills. Despite being released by the Titans though, Hasselbeck will undoubtedly resurface somewhere in the NFL in a backup role but his days of fighting for a starting job are long gone and the expectation that he’s going to be a reliable backup has also faded from the minds of general managers everywhere.