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Report: Hasselbeck headed to Tennessee

Post by Eric Williams on July 27, 2011 at 6:55 am with 21 Comments »
July 27, 2011 6:55 am

A day after not being extended an offer from hometown team Seattle in free agency, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck found a new home – in Tennessee.

According to a report from Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, the Tennessee Titan have agreed to terms with Hasselbeck to be the starter this season and mentor first-round pick and University of Washington product Jake Locker.

Terms have not been disclosed, but it’s believed to be a multi-year deal. Other teams reportedly interested in Hasselbeck included Arizona, Minnesota and San Francisco. But Tennessee appeared to make sense because of Tennessee front-office personnel executives Mike Reinfeldt, Ruston Webster and Lake Dawson are all familiar with Hasselbeck from their time in Seattle, and they were looking for someone who could serve as a good role model for Locker.

Hasselbeck also went through a similar experience when he came to Seattle, with now good friend Trent Dilfer serving as his mentor back when he first joined the Seahawks.

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  1. Somebody to root for while the Hawks work on next years draft pick.

  2. I am so glad he is not in the NFC west. Good luck Matt see ya in the ring of honor.

  3. ikuraman says:

    I wish all the best for Matt H. and for Jake L. The Titans are getting a solid QB and Jake is getting a terrific opportunity to learn from one of the NFL’s all-time great guys. I wish you both the best!

    The past two seasons were mostly hardeto watch, but for all the good times (especially the last playoff win), “Thanks Matt”.

  4. ikuraman says:

    Make that, “hard to watch”…

  5. Ewalters7354 says:

    Good luck Matthew! I really hope Minnesota gets out the bid so we can have an elite talent at receiver.Sidney Rice would open our offense up in so many ways.He and Mike Williams would be a scary tandem.Please let him choose us.

  6. Ewalters7354 says:

    Also after looking at T-Jack on YouTube and looking at some of his highlights,we may not have that much of a drop off at QB.He can make the throws and is very athletic.Struggles to read the blitz but I think with a little more time and opportunity be can be a solid QB for us THIS year.

  7. Good luck and best wishes to you, Matt.

  8. Best of luck to Matthew, I’ve always liked the Titans, it will be even easier for me to root for them on the side, with both Jake Locker and Matt there.

  9. beerbobj says:

    With the cap flexibility that we have this year as well as the probable mediocre season ahead of us (see schedule), what keeps us from signing a couple needs to front loaded deals? For example, rather than giving Mebane 6 million over six seasons (see Cofield), what about giving him 12 million in the first season, and a little under 5 a season after that, to not only get a need this year, but to retain the cap flexibility for next season, when we have a full offseason to teach players new systems?

    This would also hold true for Rice, in which we could offer twice his asking price in the first season, successfully dropping his cap number in successive seasons. It seems like the players would be on board for this as well as the first year of a contract is basically extra guaranteed dollars.

  10. Great news. Titans have always been a tough and scrappy team and Matt should fit right in. Good luck, Matt.

    Best news – AZ and SF didn’t get him.

  11. Gonna miss having Hasselbeck on this team as a quality leader and influence, and only hope the youth movement has the quality of person and athlete that Titans will now have with him and Locker as their QBs–lucky them, and wish that had been us somehow. So, now we’re officially over the Holmgren era in my mind, and that too is sad but also inevitable as the NFL goes. Which also says you’d better enjoy what you’ve got while you’ve got it and be clear-headed enough to recognize that. And now I guess it’s managing-hoping to at least keep Mebane…and who knows whatever else keeping or acquiring some real quality on this team.

  12. fivecardstud says:

    Well I don’t care where old Matt Givemback goes as long as he goes. Now maybe, just maybe, they will go out and get the Seahawks what they’ve needed most for a very long time. A good QB.

  13. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Congrats on getting a well-deserved deal, Matt! And thank you for not signing with Arizona or SF.

  14. Lately, Matt’s been coming up short and injured. He works well when he gets his groove on, but doesn’t get it on often enough. It will be interesting to see how plays under another coach.

  15. 3-year deal with the Titans are $21m over those 3 seasons.

  16. TEN needs to improve it’s OL’s pass-pro.

  17. SandpointHawk says:

    3 yr, 21 million? I’m also seeing those same numbers. That seems to be a year longer than they will need him, I going to guess only the first two years are guaranteed…
    Well good for him, I’m going to miss that boy.
    Looking forward to the day he takes a seat on NFL Live…

  18. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    As others have already mentioned, I’m glad Matt didn’t go to a NFC West team. Since he didn’t, I wish him all the best with the Titans. Now, if we could just sign Mebane and Sidney Rice!

  19. nighthawk2 says:

    I won’t miss him. And don’t let the door hit you on the way out, “Matthew”. 17 INTs to 12 TDs last year to go with 7 fumbles (5 lost); 17 INTs in 2009 to 17 TDs with 11 fumbles (3 lost) in 14 games each season, 5 TDs to 10 INTs in 7 games in 2008. 29 sacks in 2010, 33 sacks in 2009, 19 sacks in 7 games in 2008, 33 sacks in 2007…Highest paser rating was 98.2 in 2005, only one other time was it over 88.8, 73.2 last year and 75.1 in 2009. Not to mention the constant injuries. I’d say he can go mentor Locker on how to be mediocre but Locker’s already there.

    The bad news is the signing of Tarvaris Jackson. I know it’s because he knows the new OC’s system, but he stunk on ice in that system in Minnesota.
    Thank god it’s only a 2 year deal, but if he starts and plays 16 games this year, we’ll be drafting Andrew Luck 1st overall in 2012.

  20. I come not to praise Hasselbeck, nor to bury him. By ProFootballFocus numbers Hasselbeck was not one of the worst starting QBs of the last 3 years. Including all players who played QB at least 1 snap, and combined reg season and postseason, Hasselbeck ranked: ’10 19th of 85, ’09 22nd of 81, and ’08 26th of 80, while TJax ranked: ’10 50th of 85, ’09 42nd of 81, and ’08 28th of 80, and CW ranked 53rd of 85 in ’10. Throw away your #8 jerseys if you want, but the sour grapes and grass is greener stuff ain’t right.

    Hasselbeck may never be an elite QB again, and maybe somehow either CW or TJ may become one, but the numbers don’t agree with saying that Matt was a really bad QB over the last 3 years. He was near the top of the 2nd tier of QBs (given there were 12-15 elite QBs in the top tier per Clayton). Matt could do alright in TEN. Pete hates turnovers. I’m not surprised they let Matt leave just because of his 18 picks (which might have had something to do with Bate’s offense – it might have been better with Bevel’s).

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