Matt Hasselbeck might take pay cut to stay with Titans


Tennessee Titans backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck acknowledges that contract talk "comes up pretty much every year for every player."

For the 37-year-old veteran, this year's talk involves renegotiating a $5.5 million salary that is scheduled to count $7.5 million against the cap.

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"I would definitely be up for that, for sure," Hasselbeck said, via The Tennessean. "I would be excited about the opportunity because it would be basically having the opportunity to stay."

The takeaway is that Hasselbeck has reached the stage of his career where he is content to hold the clipboard while mentoring a still raw Jake Locker.

Hasselbeck might realize the possibility of being cut later this offseason, as his contract is prohibitive for a backup signal-caller. He can avoid that fate by accepting a pay cut to stay with a coaching staff that has his respect.

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