Matt Hasselbeck has been cut by the Tennessee Titans, a decision that may hurt him in the long run. The released was needed because of his $5.5 million contract and a $7.5 million salary cap hit.
So, who’s the new starting quarterback? Ryan Fitzpatrick from the Buffalo Bills. It’s a strange move because most teams in the NFL don’t make such a drastic change, unless they have to.
A person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity said that the cut happened in just a few hours after Hassekback, 37, wouldn’t budge on his contract, and the team was due to pay him a $3 million bonus the next day.
The Bills made the decision to cut Fitzpatrick after failing to get the quarterback to restructure the five years left on the six-year, $59 million contract he signed in October 2011.
The Titans already have Jake Locker as their starting quarterback. They spent the eighth selection overall in the 2011 draft on Locker and tabbed him the starter last August.
Fitzpatrick spent four seasons in Buffalo, and most of the past three as the Bills starter. He finished with a 20-33 record, and took part of the blame for the team’s three consecutive losing seasons.
He was mostly knocked for failing to shed his inconsistencies. Though Fitzpatrick finished with 80 touchdowns in 55 games with the Bills, he also threw 64 interceptions, including a career-worst 23 in 2011.
Fitzpatrick has proven to be a more than capable backup during his eight-year career. That’s exactly what the Titans now need for Locker, who will be going into his third season with former Buffalo guard Andy Levitre, signed last week, helping protect him.
Fitzpatrick will be the third Bills player to join the Titans with safety George Wilson signing his deal in late February.
Hasselbeck is a free agent, but it’s only a matter of time to know if he has other NFL team options.