Matt Hasselbeck will begin his 17th training camp later this summer. The mere number looks exhausting from an outside perspective, but Hasselbeck is nothing if not upbeat about the whole process. “I really feel like I do need it, especially being on a new team,” Hasselbeck told the Colts’ official website. “This is a great opportunity to get coached by some of the best.”
Now it appears that if Hasselbeck has his way, his 17th training camp won’t be his last.
Hasselbeck said in that same interview that he’d be very interested in staying with Indianapolis after his contract expires at the end of the 2014 campaign. “Ideally, that would be a dream come true,” Hasselbeck said. “There’s no timetable where I need to make a call on that but I set a short term goal of finishing my contract. I’m close to accomplishing that and if I do, I’ll have to figure out a new goal.”
The biggest obstacle to a return of Hasselbeck in 2015 and beyond wouldn’t be Hasselbeck himself. The veteran presence behind third-year quarterback Andrew Luck can only be a boon for the star-in-the-making. As Pro Football Talk notes, it’s the veteran-level salary that Hasselbeck commands that could become a hindrance to his time in the NFL.
Andrew Luck will be able to negotiate a contract extension after this season, and one can expect it to fall in line with some of the top salaries in the NFL thanks to Luck’s outstanding start to his career. If the Colts can afford Luck and Hasselbeck, they’ll do their best to make it work, but don’t be surprised if Hasselbeck wants to return, but the Colts opt to let him go.