Titans general manager Ruston Webster said the team is planning on keeping 37-year-old Matt Hasselbeck for the final year of his contract, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.
Coach Mike Munchak selected Locker over Hasselbeck to be the starter in 2012, but the Titans still like Hasselbeck as a security blanket. Locker missed five midseason games because of a dislocated left (non-throwing) shoulder. He underwent surgery on Wednesday.
“Matt is just a good guy to have on the team, a good guy for Jake, for me, for Munch,” Webster said. “So I would expect him to be back.”
At the end of the season, Hasselback said he wanted to return and finish out his three-year, $20 million contract.
But with Hasselbeck scheduled to make $5.5 million — and count $7.5 million against the salary cap — there’s been speculation that the Titans might let him go.
“I like our quarterback room a lot and if I’m here, I understand where we are in Jake’s development and all that, so I guess, really, I’m OK with being a part of his maturing process if that’s the role I have to play,” Hasselbeck told The Tennessean at season’s end. “… Some guys might feel differently at the stage I am in my career or whatever. But the only thing that’s important to me that goes with that is I want to be on a team that is good and that is heading in the right direction.”
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