Hasselbeck had no problem with Manning chase
Matt Hasselbeck says he understands the Titans' pursuit of Peyton Manning, but is happy to be able to finish what he started last year in Tennessee, according to TitanInsider.com.
He also reiterated, as he said last week, that he was happy the Titans management kept him apprised of things.
"All I can go was that they were being honest with me in the process and I think that's all you can really ask for. Teams can always pursue someone in free agency,” Hasselbeck said. “That can happen on any team, anywhere, at any time. I guess for me at the end of the day, with the Peyton thing, I get it, but I'm excited that I get a chance to finish what we've started here. And I'm very confident in my ability to get it done as a quarterback. I think, bottom line, we're just happy we're getting a chance to stay in Nashville.”
Hasselbeck said he understood the Titans' pursuit of Manning and holds no hard feelings over that pursuit, though he remains completely confident he can have success with the Titans as well.
“He's probably one of the top five quarterbacks to ever play the game. I've got a ton of respect for him that way, and with Tennessee being rumored I expected that with him being who he is. I get it. It wasn't a shock to me,” Hasselbeck said.
Hasselbeck added that he remained confident in his own abilities throughout the entire situation, and that he wouldn't change his decision on joining the Titans.
“Sure, as a competitor you feel, 'Hey, you get that – I don't even know what you call it, but I got this,' I'm a competitor,” he said. “I've been fortunate to play a long time, and I feel like we've got a good thing going here in Tennessee. I guess I would just say, if I could choose again, and I had to make the choice again this year, like I did last year, I would still choose to be in Tennessee."
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com