Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 3/19/12

With NFL free agency continuing on, the fallout from quarterback Peyton Manning’s pending decision could reportedly land veteran play-caller Matt Hasselbeck in Cleveland as a member of the Orange and Brown.

Per Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, if Manning opts to return to Tennessee, this time as a professional, an uprooted Hasselbeck could be the next Jake Delhomme.

Matt Hasselbeck. If Manning picks Tennessee, Hasselbeck could be a bridge quarterback in Cleveland or San Francisco.

Colt McCoy. If Manning picks Tennessee and Hasselbeck is imported by Cleveland, McCoy would have a big challenge beating out Hasselbeck in an offense he played every year of his pro career in except 2011 in Nashville.

Naturally, there is a connection between the 36-year-old Hasselbeck,  the long-time Seattle Seahawk, and current Browns president Mike Holmgren as the two were together in Green Bay prior to the two men earning a spot in Super Bowl XL. With free agent Matt Flynn signing in Seattle for three years and $10 million guaranteed (“Frostee Rucker money“), the Browns’ potential options for an upgrade at quarterback continue to dwindle by the day.

[Related: Guessing what the Browns’ moves mean… so far]

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