MARCH 3: Hasslebeck’s new one-year deal is worth $3MM, with a $1MM signing bonus, tweets Tom Pelissero of USA Today.
FEBRUARY 26: The Colts announced that they have signed quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to an extension, as Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk tweets. Some expected that Hasselbeck would consider retirement, but he’ll give it a go for at least one more season.
The veteran has been praised as being a quality mentor for young starter Andrew Luck. The seasoned veteran will celebrate his 40th birthday on September 25th. Back in July, Hasselbeck explained that he had no intention of hanging up his cleats anytime soon.
“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.”
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 39-year-old has transitioned into a backup role late in his career. Last year, Hasselbeck was one of the highest-paid backup quarterbacks in the league with a $3.625MM salary.