Report: Colts near deal with QB Matt Hasselbeck

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INDIANAPOLIS – Bruce Arians took Drew Stanton with him to Arizona to be the backup quarterback, leaving Chuck Pagano without a veteran signalcaller behind Andrew Luck.

It appears that may not be an issue for much longer for the Colts.

On Monday night reports indicate that the team is close to signing Matt Hasselbeck to take Stanton’s place as the backup to Luck. Mike Garofolo of USA Today first reported that there was interest and multiple reports later on indicated that deal was imminent.

Hasselbeck was released by the Titans on Monday.

The Colts didn’t confirm the signing but owner Jim Irsay has a Tweet that seem to reference such a move late Monday as he posted: “Shifting gears….insurance policies are VERY valuable…makes your pillow softer at night……”

Irsay had indicated from his account over the weekend that the team may be close to signing a major free agent wide receiver.

If Hasselbeck comes to the Colts he would bring with him a wealth of experience as both a starter and backup in the NFL. Beginning his career under Brett Favre in Green Bay in 1998, Hasselbeck has played for the Seahawks and the Titans, earning three Pro Bowl appearances.

Over the past two seasons in Tennessee, Hasselbeck was the off-and-on starter with Jake Locker. In 2012 he threw for 1,367 yards with seven touchdowns compared to five interceptions.

He would join Luck and second year player Chandler Harnish as the current quarterbacks on the roster.

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