Colts Sign Hasselbeck

By Tommy Schoegler

Colts Sign Hasselbeck

March 19, 2013 Updated Mar 19, 2013 at 4:52 PM EDT

Indianapolis (incnow.tv)- The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

“We are very pleased to announce the signing of Matt Hasselbeck,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “His body of work, intangibles, and extensive league experience speak for themselves. Those factors, plus his familiarity with our offensive scheme, will make him a great asset to our team and its vision as we move forward.”

Hasselbeck, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, has competed in 194 games (152 starts) over his 14-year NFL career. He has completed 3,029-of-5,018 passes for 34,517 yards, 201 touchdowns and 147 interceptions for a passer rating of 82.2. He currently ranks fourth among active quarterbacks in attempts, completions and passing yards and fifth in passing touchdowns. In the postseason, he has started 11 games, completing 237-of-406 passes for 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions for an 84.4 rating. He holds 22 career 300-yard passing performances in the regular season and two in the postseason.

Hasselbeck joins the Colts after spending the last two seasons (2011-2012) with the Tennessee Titans. In 2011, he produced one of the best seasons of his career. His 518 attempts and 3,571 yards made up the fourth-highest single-season totals in team history, while his completions (319) ranked third in club annals. His 18 touchdown passes were the most since 2004 (Billy Volek), and with 28 completions of 25 yards-or-more, Hasselbeck had the highest big-play total since Steve McNair in 2001 (32).

Prior to joining the Titans, Hasselbeck spent 10 seasons (2001-2010) with the Seattle Seahawks where he led the team to six postseason berths and their only Super Bowl appearance in 2005. In his time with the Seahawks, he posted an 82.2 passer rating, completing 2,559-of-4,250 passes for 29,434 yards, 174 touchdowns and 128 interceptions.

In 2010, Hasselbeck started both postseason games to become the Seahawks’ all-time leader in playoff games played and started. He also set a franchise postseason single-game record with four touchdown passes against New Orleans (1/8/11) in an NFC Wild Card victory.

In 2009, Hasselbeck became the Seahawks’ all-time franchise leader in career attempts, completions and passing yards, surpassing Dave Krieg in each category. He also set a single-game record against Detroit (11/8/09), completing 39 passes, including 15 consecutive, tied for second-most in club history.

In 2007, Hasselbeck earned his third Pro Bowl selection after setting career highs for attempts (562), completions (352), passing yards (3,966) and touchdown passes (28). In 2005, he was named the starter for the NFC Pro Bowl squad after posting a career and NFC-best 98.2 passer rating, leading the Seahawks to an appearance in Super Bowl XL.

In 2003, Hasselbeck earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl after guiding the Seahawks to their first-ever undefeated home record. He tied his own record for most 300-yard games in a season (four) and recorded then-career-highs of 3,841 passing yards, 26 passing touchdowns and an 88.8 passer rating.

Hasselbeck was originally selected by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round (187th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft and spent three seasons with the Packers before being traded to the Seahawks prior to the start of the 2001 campaign.

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