The Indianapolis Colts announced it signed former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck Tuesday, one day after he was released by the Tennessee Titans.
Hasselbeck will backup 2012 No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Luck.
Hasselbeck spent two seasons with the Titans - the first season as the starter and the second as the backup to Jake Locker.In 2011, he produced the fourth-highest passing total in franchise history and the third-highest of his career (3,571 yards).
Last season, the 37-year-old was called into action for five consecutive starts after Locker injured his shoulder. He passed for 1,367 yards and seven touchdowns in a total of eight games played in 2012.
Hasselbeck was scheduled to make $5.5 million in base salary in the final season of a 3-year contract. With a prorated bonus, he would have counted $7.5 million against the salary cap.
Hasselbeck played with the Seahawks from 2001-10. He is the franchise leader in pass attempts, completions, and passing yards. He is 2nd in touchdown passes with 174. Dave Krieg is the franchise leader with 195.
Overall, Hasselbeck has 14 years of NFL experience and has thrown for 34,517 yards and 201 touchdowns during his career.
“I want to thank Matt for his contributions to our team over the last two years,” said Titans General Manager Ruston Webster. “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.
Jake Locker said in a statement to The Tennessean: "Sad to see Matt go. I understand the business side of the game and am thankful for what he has taught me. He is a great football player and even better person and I wish him nothing but the best."