Matt Hasselbeck has been released by the Tennessee Titans, the team announced on Twitter.
Hasselbeck, 37, is a three-time Pro Bowler, the most recent coming in 2007. He was drafted in the ’98 by the Green Bay Packers, before going on to play for the Seattle Seahawks for nearly a decade. He’s been with Tennessee since 2011.
Is this someone the Jets bring in for the QB competition? It remains to be seen. But for now, they know he’s available.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comIn some ways I don’t think the Jets will do this because they’ve rolled the dice in David Garrard with their aged veteran. That said, I believe the cap hit to cutting Garrard would only be about $100K. Hasselback has seen the field more recently than Garrard and based on his playing lineage he would be more familiar with the concepts of a Morhinweg offense than a player like Garrard might be. It’s a possibility the Jets would have interest, but the $7.5 million cap charge the the Titans would have taken by keeping Hasselbeck would lead most to have expected a cutting of Hasselbeck and thus his availability … if the Jets had any interest … why then rush a deal to sign Garrard when no one else wanted him and this would have been a likely outcome all along?
UPDATE: Hasselbeck’s camp is floating the idea that he only wants to play with a potential contender.