Yesterday, the report came out from NFL Media's Mike Silver (and confirmed by other outlets) that the Colts had informed quarterback Matt Hasselbeck that they were moving on and would not re-sign him in free agency. Today, Hasselbeck sent out a tweet that seemed to confirm it.
Hasselbeck spent three seasons with the Colts as their backup quarterback, but he was thrust into a starting role in 2015 as Andrew Luck missed over half the season with injuries. Hasselbeck started eight games and helped keep the Colts in the playoff race until the very last week of the season, completing 156 of 256 passes (60.9%) for 1,690 yards (6.6 yards per attempt), nine touchdowns, and five interceptions for a passer rating of 84.0. He played well until injuries caught up to him for the final month of the season, but overall he did everything you could expect from a backup in his situation - and more.
Throughout his time in Indy, he was a leader in the locker room and a very respected and well-liked teammate. That much is evident from the outpouring of thanks and support for the veteran on twitter from several Colts players:
Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) February 29, 2016
Some people in this world are truly a Godsend...Matt @Hasselbeck is one of those guys!— Matt (@MattOverton_LS) February 29, 2016
@Hasselbeck it was an honor to block for such a great QB, and an even better man! I appreciate everything Matt!!!— Denzelle Good (@IBeDG_71) February 29, 2016
Some dudes just get how to do life. https://t.co/yBPiz8TT8y— Andy Studebaker (@studie32) February 29, 2016
Matt Hasselbeck won't be back with the Colts, but over the past three years he clearly made an impact on the team and the players in the locker room.