Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports that the Tennessee Titans have released former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.
Hasselbeck, 37, was scheduled to make $5.5 million in base salary in the third and final year of his contract. Including bonus money, he would have counted $7.5 million against the salary cap for the Titans.
According to the report, Hasselbeck and his representatives had been talking with the Titans about restructuring his deal.
“I want to thank Matt for his contributions to our team over the last two years,” Titans general manager Ruston Webster said in a prepared statement. “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.”
No word yet on if Hasselbeck is looking for an opportunity to start, or if he’s comfortable serving as a backup on a championship-caliber team. However, if the Seahawks decide to move Matt Flynn via trade, Hasselbeck would make some sense as a backup for Russell Wilson in Seattle.
I know Hasselbeck can’t run the read option game, but the Seahawks still run a West Coast-based offense, and Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell could create packages for Hasselbeck to be successful if he had to play.