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Matt Hasselbeck, Ryan Fitzpatrick find work as backup QBs

March 19, 2013|By Chuck Schilken
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick, left, is the Tennessee Titans' new backup quarterback, a role previously filled by Matt Hasselbeck, the new Indianapolis Colts backup.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, left, is the Tennessee Titans' new backup quarterback,… (John Basemore, Mark Duncan…)

Matt Hasselbeck and the Tennessee Titans wasted little time moving on after their breakup on Monday.

Hours after releasing the veteran quarterback, the Titans signed former Buffalo Bills starter Ryan Fitzpatrick as backup to Jake Locker, who won Tennessee's starting job from Hasselbeck before the start of last season.

Hasselbeck, whose release from the Titans probably had a lot to do with his $5.5-million contract and $7.5-million salary-cap hit, landed on his feet as well, signing with the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday morning.

The new backup to Colts quarterback Andrew Luck spent most of his 14-year career as the starter in Seattle, leading the Seahawks to six postseason berths and their only Super Bowl appearance in 2005.

Fitzpatrick, who spent the last four seasons as the Bills' starting quarterback, was cut with five years remaining on his contract and at the start of free agency, a day before he was due to receive a $3-million bonus.

But now everyone involved seems to be all set for next season, right? Hasselbeck and Fitzpatrick have jobs, the Titans and Colts have veteran backups for their young quarterbacks ... are we forgetting someone?

Oh, right, the Bills. Well, a quick glance at their depth chart shows former Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings starter Tavaris Jackson listed at No. 1. Just a hunch, but they might not be done tinkering with their roster just yet.


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