Titans release QB Matt Hasselbeck

Hasselbeck spent two seasons in Tennessee. (Getty Images)
Hasselbeck spent two seasons in Tennessee. (Getty Images)

Some 20 months after signing Matt Hasselbeck to a three-year, $21 million deal, the Titans have released him, the team announced. “I want to thank Matt for his contributions to our team over the last two years,” said Titans General Manager Ruston Webster. “He was an important part of the transition process -- he was a pro at every turn and he provided an example to the rest of the team. I know that we are a better team for his being here and we wish him the best.”

According to the Tennessean's Jim Wyatt, Tennessee wanted to reduce the 37-year-old quarterback's salary -- he was due  $5.5 million in 2013 -- but apparently there was no progress in that direction.

It explains why the organization has been linked to Ryan Fitzpatrick, the recently released former starter in Buffalo, who previously served as a backup in St. Louis and Cincinnati.

While the rest of Tennessee's quarterback depth chart is a mystery this much is certain: an offseason after owner Bud Adams desperately pursued Peyton Manning (which, obviously, didn't happen), 2011 first-round pick Jake Locker is the unquestioned No. 1. Locker started 11 games last season and threw for 2,176 yards with 10 touchdowns against 11 interceptions. He also rushed for 291 yards (and averaged 7.1 YPC).

Hasselbeck, meanwhile, shouldn't have any trouble finding work, assuming he's willing to serve as a backup and take a substantial cut in pay. In fact, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that there will be no shortage of suitors: the Cardinals, Browns, Colts, Saints, Giants, 49ers and Buccaneers could all be interested.

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