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Titans release Matt Hasselbeck -- cue the Jets rumors
**Updated @ 7:20p**
Within seconds of the Tennessee Titans announcing they had released Matt Hasselbeck, Jets fans and media alike began wondering the same thing: “Hmmm...What are the odds he ends up with the Jets?”
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen tweeted a list of teams that are interested in Hasselbeck – Arizona, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Giants, San Francisco and Tampa Bay – and that list didn’t include the Jets. But Mortensen did note the “list could grow.”
It makes sense that the Jets would be interested in Hasselbeck (a proven winner), who could not only compete with, but mentor the struggling Sanchez. But sounds like Hasselbeck may already have found his next landing spot -- and it's not Florham Park.
According to a USA TODAY Sports report, which cited "a person informed of the offers made by the club, Hasselebeck is already in discussions with the Colts "and could soon agree to join the team as Andrew Luck's backup."
The Jets, of course, have a menagerie of QBs at their disposal Mark Sanchez, David Garrard, Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms -- but no clear-cut starter for 2013. Despite owner Woody Johnson’s claims in Phoenix that Sanchez is the answer for the Jets at quarterback and thinks new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s system will be simpler for him, Idzik has stressed the importance of a QB competition.
The Jets, who recently signed Garrard to a one-year deal, have also reportedly expressed interest in Kevin Kolb and Jason Campbell.
Of course, Hasselbeck, 37, is on the tail-end of his career. Over his 14 years in the NFL, he's thrown for 34,517 yards and 201 touchdowns.
A sixth-round pick of the Packers in 1998, Hasselbeck spent two years in Green Bay before embarking on a 10-year career in Seattle. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection for the Seahawks and an NFC Champion in 2005.
In 2011, he chose to go to Tennessee instead of San Francisco, signing a three-year, $21-million deal to be a starter and mentor to first-round pick Jake Locker. And, to no surprise, there is a lot of interest in Hasselbeck.
He produced the fourth-highest passing total in franchise history and the third-highest of his career (3,571 yards) in 2011. And when Locker went down with a shoulder injury last season, Hasselbeck started five consecutive games starts and passed for 1,367 yards and seven touchdowns in eight total appearances.