Matt Hasselbeck Cut By Titans, Nears Deal With Colts

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Matt Hasselbeck was cut by the Tennessee Titans today, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be unemployed for long. The former Titan is reportedly nearing a deal with the Indianapolis Colts.

Hasselbeck was cut today by the Titans after the quarterback refused to take a pay cut. According to Sports Illustrated, Hasselbeck was scheduled to make $5.5 million this year, but the Titans were asking him to reduce his pay. The two couldn’t come to an agreement, and Hasselbeck was sent packing.

Titans general manager Ruston Webster said in the statement: “I want to thank Matt for his contributions to our team over the last two years … He was an important part of the transition process – he was a pro at every turn and he provided an example to the rest of the team. I know that we are a better team for his being here and we wish him the best.”

The Titans decision shouldn’t have been too much of a surprise to Hasselbeck. The quarterback said last week that he knew he would be cut if he didn’t agree to reduce his pay.

The quarterback said: “If we can’t come to an agreement, I guess that’s what they’d have to do. That’s just how it goes. Right now, I’m working out hard, getting prepared and ready, trying to have the best year I can. Again, I’m really hopeful that it’s here, but I understand that some things are more out of your control.”

Shortly after Hasselbeck was cut, rumors started circulating that he was ready to sign with the Indianapolis Colts. USA Today reports, citing an anonymous source, that the former Titan is in the middle of contract negotiations with the Colts. Hasselbeck won’t be the starter in Indy but he may be able to get a decent payday to be Andrew Luck’s backup.

Jim Irsay may have confirmed the rumor on Twitter.

That sure sounds like the Colts have secured a backup QB.

Hasselbeck played two seasons with the Titans. He was the starting QB in 2011 but was demoted to backup behind Jake Locker last year. Hasselbeck started five games when Locker injured his shoulder and threw for 1,367 yards and seven touchdowns during the 2012 season.

Are you surprised that Matt Hasselbeck was cut from the Titans?