Veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will return to the Indianapolis Colts as Andrew Luck’s primary backup, the team announced on Thursday. The one-year deal is worth a reported $3 million, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport.
The 39-year-old signal caller has yet to start a game for the Colts. Over his two-year tenure in Indianapolis, he’s made seven appearances in which he totaled 431 yards and two touchdowns. As a three-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl starter, he has plenty of experience and leadership to offer a young team working to assert itself among the best in the AFC.
Hasselbeck likely won’t be the only Indy quarterback to get paid this offseason. Luck, who has established himself as one of the game’s top quarterbacks, is expected to get a huge payday. The 2015 season marks the final year of his four-year rookie deal.
For his part, Hasselbeck is happy to be along for the ride.
Manziel, taken with the 22nd-overall selection in last year’s draft, had a disappointing rookie campaign. In his first start, he was intercepted twice and shutout in a 30-0 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. During Week 17, Manziel threw a party which caused him to miss the team’s Saturday walk-through, and led many to question his commitment.
This is why Kiper believes the team might look for some insurance at the position.
“He could end up being Fran Tarkenton or fall by the wayside. We will have to see if he can get it together off the field, but you have to get a quarterback. You are in a division with Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco and Andy Dalton. … I think you have to look at Bryce Petty and Garrett Grayson in the second round. They could be there, and in a few years they could wind up having been deserving of a top-15 or 20 pick.”