Matt Hasselbeck started his career as a backup to Brett Favre. He could end it being the backup to Andrew Luck.
Less than 24 hours after being released by the Tennessee Titans, the 37-year-old quarterback signed with division rival Indianapolis. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
It looks like a smart move for the Colts, who lost last year's backup, free agent Drew Stanton, to Arizona last week.
Indy wanted a veteran backup to help mentor its two young quarterbacks -- Luck and Chandler Harnish, the first and last picks in the 2012 draft.
While Luck set NFL rookie records for attempts and yards passing last season and finished among the league's all-time rookie leaders in completions and touchdowns, he was sacked 41 times and hit dozens of others, something the Colts tried to fix last week by signing right tackle Gosder Cherilus and guard Donald Thomas. Hasselbeck now becomes Plan B.
''His body of work, intangibles, and extensive league experience ...