The Tennessee Titans played the old switcheroo with their backup quarterback on Monday, first releasing Matt Hasselbeck and then signing Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick's deal is reportedly for two years, terms undisclosed.
Hasselbeck was entering the final year of the three-year deal he signed to join the Titans as a free agent in 2011. Due $5.5 million and clearly the backup to Jake Locker, for better or worse, Hasselbeck's salary was clearly excessive, something he didn't even dispute. The only question was whether the Titans and he would come to terms on a proper contract restructure. Today's release shows that they could not. I indicated I thought his return was very likely in the quarterback positional analysis, due to his excellent relationship with Jake Locker, but it was not to be. Notwithstanding the current deep limitations in his game (outside the 3- and 5-step quick game, he's not very effective at all), he was the Titans' most effective quarterback in 2012. That's not saying much, but as a veteran content to be a backup, he'll be missed. Best of luck to Matt in his next destination, which appears to be Indianapolis.
The Titans moved to fill the gap quickly with Fitzpatrick. Reports of their interest in him first came out Sunday night, as the NFL meets in Arizona, where Fitzpatrick makes his offseason home. He becomes the third former Buffalo Bill to join the Titans this offseason, joining George Wilson and Andy Levitre. He served as the triggerman for Chan Gailey's offense the past three seasons, starting 45 of 46 games since being named the starter. With Gailey's firing this offseason, being a bad fit for Doug Marrone's offense and Buffalo's winds made Fitzpatrick's salary excessive and led to his release.no comments