Free-agent QB Matt Hasselbeck will likely return for 19th season

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40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck: 'I'm strongly leaning toward' return
Friday February 12th, 2016

Veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said during a radio interview Thursday that he isn’t planning on retiring.

“Even for me, likely being a backup, you've got to have the mindset that you might have to start—or get to start—16 games and then some. So you've kinda got to count the cost of what it would mean, what you're saying yes to and what you're saying no to,” Hasselbeck told ESPN 710 in Seattle. “My kids are getting older. But all in all, I would say I'm strongly leaning towards playing again, and we'll see.”

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Hasselbeck, who turns 41 in September, has played 18 seasons in the NFL. He spent the past three years as Andrew Luck’s backup with the Colts and started eight games this season when Luck was injured. His last season as a full-time starter was 2011 with the Titans. Most notably, he spent 10 seasons with the Seahawks, leading Seattle to five playoff appearances.

Hasselbeck is a free agent after signing a one-year deal with the Colts last off-season.

- Dan Gartland

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