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The Indianapolis Colts continued their busy offseason, signing veteran free agent quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

Hasselbeck gives the Colts a veteran backup for Andrew Luck, something the team lost when Drew Stanton left for the Arizona Cardinals.

“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 played 14 seasons in the NFL. He’s fourth among active quarterbacks in attempts, completions and passing yards. He ranks fifth among active players in passing touchdowns. Hasselbeck spent the last two seasons with AFC South rival Tennessee. His 2011 campaign was one of his best; he threw for 3,571 yards and 18 touchdowns with the Titans. He became a free agent after the Titans released him Monday.

Before joining Tennessee, Hasselbeck spent ten seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, leading them to a Super Bowl appearance in 2005. His career passer rating with the Seahawks was 82.2. He’s the franchise’s all-time leader in career attempts, completions and passing yards.

Hasselbeck started his career with the Green Bay Packers after being picked in the sixth round (187th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons in Green Bay before a trade sent him to Seattle in 2001.

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