Hasselbeck's addition likely to energize Titans offense

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 11:42am
Staff reports

It was not the Tennessee Titans’ intent to test the theory of whether or not lightning strikes in the same place twice.

Wednesday, though, they went back to the Pacific Northwest for the second time in three months as they attempted to energize their offense.

According to multiple reports, the Titans agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, a 12-year-veteran who has spent the last 10 with the Seattle Seahawks.

The move, which cannot be signed until Friday when the free agent signing period begins, provides the veteran presence coach Mike Munchak and his staff want for rookie Jake Locker. Tennessee drafted Locker eighth overall in April out of the University of Washington.

Hasselbeck has thrown for more than 3,000 yards seven times in the last nine seasons and led the Seahawks to their only Super Bowl.

He also has been struck by lightning twice in his life, according to numerous reports, and has overcome a case of hepatitis, which he contracted during a mission trip after he jumped in a cesspool to save a drowning child.

Tennessee general manager Mike Reinfeldt was in Seattle with Hasselbeck for several years. Offensive coordinator Chris Palmer is a friend of the Hasselbeck family.