UPDATED: Hasselbeck no longer available, signs with Colts

UPDATED: Hasselbeck no longer available, signs with Colts
March 18, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Matt Hasselbeck quarterbacked the Seahawks from 2001 to 2010. (AP)

UPDATED: Matt Hasselbeck, whom the 49ers courted in 2011, was released by the Titans on Monday. He wasn't on the free agent market for long, as he reportedly signed with the Colts on Tuesday morning.

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PHOENIX -- The 49ers, still in need of a backup quarterback, can be expected to show some interest in newly available veteran Matt Hasselbeck.

The 49ers thought Hasselbeck would sign with the club after the lockout concluded in the summer of 2011. Hasselbeck later said he signed with the Tennessee Titans over the 49ers because of the Titans' offensive line.

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Hasselbeck, who was scheduled to make $5.5 million as Jake Locker's backup, is available again after the Titans released him on Monday. Hasselbeck, 37, a 14-year veteran, started all 16 games for the Titans in 2011. He started five of the eight games in which he appeared in last season. He threw seven touchdown passes with five interceptions for a passer rating of 81.0.

The 49ers, Cardinals, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, New Orleans, New York Giants and Tampa Bay are teams interested in Hasselbeck, reports ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

The 49ers traded backup quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs for a second-round draft pick (No. 34 overall) this year and a conditional third-round pick in 2014.

Second-year player Scott Tolzien, who has suited up for only two games in two seasons, is the only other quarterback on the 49ers' roster behind starter Colin Kaepernick.

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