Matt Hasselbeck is entering the final season of his two-year contract as Andrew Luck‘s backup in Indianapolis, but if it were up to him, his time with the Colts may extend past 2014. As he tells Kevin Bowen of Colts.com, Hasselbeck would love to continue his playing career in Indianapolis in 2015 and beyond.
“Ideally, that would be a dream come true,” Hasselbeck said. “There’s no timetable where I need to make a call on that, but I set a short term goal of finishing my contract. I’m close to accomplishing that and if I do, I’ll have to figure out a new goal.”
One of the NFL’s longest-tenured players, Hasselbeck was a sixth-round pick in 1998, and has played for the Packers, Seahawks, Titans, and Colts during over the course of the last decade and a half. While he has 152 career starts to his name, the 38-year-old has transitioned into a backup role late in his career, and likely will only see the field in blowout wins or losses in ’14, barring an injury to Luck.
Still, at $3.625MM per year, Hasselbeck is one of the league’s highest-paid backups. If the Colts have interest in re-signing the veteran signal-caller when his current contract expires, it would likely be at a slightly more modest rate. We’ll have to wait and see whether Indianapolis wants to move on to a younger option, but the club showed this offseason that it doesn’t mind employing players well into their 40s, re-signing kicker Adam Vinatieri to a two-year contract that will keep him under team control until he turns 43.