Wow, that didn't take long. When Seattle reached an agreement Tuesday with free-agent quarterback Tarvaris Jackson it signaled the end of the Matt Hasselbeck era. But Hasselbeck's career with the Seahawks didn't officially close until early Wednesday when he reached an agreement with the Tennessee Titans.
The Titans' addition of Hasselbeck had been expected for some time, largely because it made too much sense not to happen. Tennessee needed a veteran to mentor Jake Locker. The Titans were run by former Seattle exec Mike Reinfeldt. And Hasselbeck had no job with the Seahawks ... or anywhere else.
I'd be surprised if Hasselbeck doesn't start with the Titans, but the question is: How long does he last? When Tennessee drafted Vince Young with its first pick in 2006 the Titans opened with Kerry Collins and stayed with him three games before making the switch.
Of course, that was a different regime and a different coaching staff.
There is no question that Locker will need time to develop, and Hasselbeck is the guy who can give him that time. Only ... only he's been hurt four of the past five seasons, turns 36 in September and hasn't thrown more touchdowns than interceptions in any of the last three years.
How soon Locker plays could depend on how successful the Titans are with Hasselbeck, and keep something in mind: When Seattle had a running game (Shawn Alexander) to take the heat off him, Hasselbeck flourished. The Titans have that running game in Chris Johnson.
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