Hasselbeck announced his retirement Wednesday, ESPN reports. Hasselbeck appeared in eight games for the Colts last season and held his own in place of the injured Andrew Luck. However, the team informed him he would not be back in 2016, and Hasselbeck decided to hang up the cleats rather than look for a backup job elsewhere. Hasselbeck will finish his career with 36,638 passing yards and 212 passing touchdowns in 209 games.
Hasselbeck acknowledged Monday that his stint with the Colts is slated to come to an end. This confirms previous reports that Hasselbeck, who has been the Colts' backup QB for the last three years, will not be re-signed by the team and will thus become an unrestricted free agent later this month. Despite enduring a series of injuries while filling in for Andrew Luck in 2015, the 40-year-old Hasselbeck has expressed a desire to continue his NFL career this coming season.
Hasselbeck is not believed to be in the Colts' plans for 2016, ESPN.com reports. Per the report, the Colts plan to go with Josh Freeman as Andrew Luck's backup next season, with the 40-year-old Hasselbeck thus on track to become a free agent next month. It's unclear at this stage, however, whether or not the veteran signal-caller will land another NFL job this offseason, on the heels of a 2015 campaign in which Hasselbeck toughed it out through a series of injuries while filling in for Luck.
Hasselbeck said he is strongly leaning toward playing another season, ESPN.com reports. Hasselbeck's contract is set to expire, but the Colts would probably be happy to have him back. He filled in admirably for Andrew Luck in 2015, though the 40-year-old's own injury issues eventually forced the Colts to use Charlie Whitehurst, Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley at quarterback.
Freeman will start Sunday's game against the Titans. With both Andrew Luck (abdomen/kidney) and Matt Hasselbeck (shoulder/ribs/back) out, the Colts will turn to Freeman on Sunday in their long-shot bid to secure a playoff slot. He's not a high-percentage fantasy play in Week 17, but Freeman is an option for those scrambling for QB help this Sunday.
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