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Matt Hasselbeck open to renegotiating contract

Matt Hasselbeck

Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck looks out onto the field after the Green Bay Packers scored a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)


Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is set to make $5.5 million this season and has a cap number of $7.5 million, which might be more than the Titans are willing to pay for a backup to Jake Locker.

If that’s the case, they may be able to accomplish that goal and keep Hasselbeck, who is entering the third year of a three-year deal, as well. Hasselbeck said Wednesday that he’s open to renegotiating his deal “for sure” if it means he gets to stay with the Titans.

“I would be excited about the opportunity because it would be basically having the opportunity to stay,” Hasselbeck said, via John Glennon of the Tennessean. “But again, there’s so much that goes into those things. But from my perspective, yeah, absolutely.”

The issue of renegotiating is likely appealing to Hasselbeck because it would likely mean at least an additional year would be added to his contract. A pay cut might be a different matter, although it’s not clear that the Titans would be willing pull the plug on Hasselbeck at that price. Locker is established as the starter, but he’ll be coming off of shoulder surgery and the team might feel more secure with Hasselbeck even at his original price.