"Who knows what happens next year?" Hasselbeck told The Tennessean this week. "But 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. What also goes with that role is stepping in if he can't go, so I knew all that coming in.
"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."
Hasselbeck's fate might come down to greenbacks. He's owed $7.5 million against the Titans' salary cap in 2013, a figure the team might not be willing to pay for a 37-year-old quarterback.
Hasselbeck wasn't especially effective this season, but he has been a secure stopgap for the Titans behind Locker, who has his issues staying healthy. At a reduced price, you could do worse at No. 2, but we expect Tennessee to explore its options.