South Rumors: Hasselbeck, Spiller, Panthers

Veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck turned 40 last fall, and has been playing in the NFL since 1998, but it sounds like he wants to play at least one more season, as Kevin Bowen of details.

“I know I want to play (in 2016),” Hasselbeck said. “I know how much fun I had in the huddle last year. I remember getting in the huddle for one game and it was just so much fun to be in there with my guys, with my teammates, with my friends.”

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano told Hasselbeck earlier this month that the club “would love” to have him back, but the veteran signal-caller doesn’t currently have a contract for 2016, so the two sides would have to agree to a new deal. As March 9th approaches, it’ll be worth keeping an eye on whether the Colts work out a new contract with Hasselbeck, or if the team wants to turn to younger options to back up Andrew Luck. Currently, Josh Freeman and Stephen Morris are under contract in Indianapolis.

Here’s more from around the NFL’s South divisions:

  • Saints running back C.J. Spiller hadn’t been considered a lock to return to the team in 2016, but it sounds like GM Mickey Loomis is planning on having him in the mix. In an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Loomis said that he thinks the Saints “will see the real C.J. Spiller” next season, as Evan Woodbery of The Times-Picayune details.
  • Another NFC South running back, Jonathan Stewart, is also a good bet to return to his current team. Team and league sources tell Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer that the Panthers are expected to retain Stewart, despite the cap savings his release would create.
  • The Titans‘ signings during March’s free agent period might not reveal which player the team plans to take with the No. 1 overall pick, but Tennessee’s March moves could strongly suggest which direction the club won’t go with that selection, as Paul Kuharsky of explains.
  • The Colts have had a consistent problem drafting offensive linemen, according to Mike Wells of, who examines the team’s various swings and misses at the position over the last few years. The offensive line is an area where the team could use an upgrade or two this offseason, so it’ll be interesting to see if GM Ryan Grigson can start to turn his draft record around at the position.
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4 comments on “South Rumors: Hasselbeck, Spiller, Panthers

  1. Will McLaren

    Hasslebeck was pretty decent as a backup last year… one of the chillest jobs around haha

  2. Dallas Robinson

    Not sure why the Colts wouldn’t bring Hasselbeck back. He was fine in his starts, and it’s not like Indy is going to find someone who is even close to Luck if he goes down. If Luck gets hurt again, their season is essentially over again anyway.

  3. vltrophy

    Hasselbeck is the first decent backup QB the Colts have had in almost 20 years

  4. Sam Robinson

    I expected Hasselbeck to retire after his rampant injuries to close the season. While he served as an above-average backup, his availability should be a concern if he’s back at age 41.


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