Matt Hasselbeck attempts a pass in a game at Lambeau Field in 2009. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Former Packer, Seahawk Matt Hasselbeck out in Tennessee


Joe Heller, the cartoonist for the Green Bay Press Gazette, best captured the moment of Al Harris’s return of an interception off Matt Hasselbeck, the former Packer, Seahawk and now Titan. Hasselbeck was released today by Tennessee.
Joe Heller cartoon

According to profootballtalk.com, the Tennessee Titans had apparently been talking to former Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for good reason – the attempt by Titans officials to cut a deal with former Packer, former Seahawk and now former Titan Matt Hasselbeck fell through today.

The release of Hasselbeck, who was scheduled to make $5.5 million as a backup to Jake Locker, seemed like a no-brainer and leaves fans of the aging QB wondering if he will find a new home.

Hasselbeck, the 14-year veteran who was traded from the Packers to the Seahawks way back when Mike Holmgren was Seattle’s head coach (2001), has played the past two seasons in Tennessee after a great run in Seattle where he and Holmgren appeared in one Super Bowl (2005, but lost to the Steelers).

He was drafted by Holmgren in the sixth round of the 1998 draft. He played two seasons in Green Bay as the backup to Brett Favre in 1999 and 2000. He was 13 of 20 for 145 yards before Holmgren traded for him to take over as his starting quarterback in Seattle. For 10 seasons on the West Coast, Hasselbeck completed 2,559 passes for 4,250 yards (60.2 percent) 29,434 yards, and 174 touchdowns.

While Packers fans remember him as the backup to Favre way back at the turn of the century, he is best known for his “we want the ball and we’re going to score” exclamation during the coin toss of overtime in the 2003 playoff game at Lambeau Field. Hasselbeck then went on to throw the ball to Packers cornerback Al Harris whose interception was returned to the house for the game-winner.

It’s unclear as to what Hasselbeck’s future will be. He might be able to catch on as a backup with somebody, but the 37-year-old’s days in the NFL have got to be numbered.

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