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Question of the Day
Matt Hasselbeck is heading to Music City. Santonio Holmes is staying at home in the Meadowlands.
Two days after the lockout ended, NFL teams are doing deals at a frantic pace, with some big names _ maybe even Donovan McNabb _ changing addresses, and others staying put.
“As we said after the season, we strongly believe in Tom,” co-owner and team president John Mara said of the coach who led the Giants to the 2007 NFL championship. “We believe in the job he has done, and we believe in his ability to lead our team in the future. Everybody was on the same page in arriving at the extension.”
Hasselbeck is leaving Seattle for Tennessee, where he likely will start. He spent the past 10 seasons with the Seahawks, leading them to the 2005 NFC title. The Titans drafted quarterback Jake Locker eighth overall in April, but needed a veteran presence after Kerry Collins retired; they plan to trade or release Vince Young.
Given the lack of offseason opportunities for Locker to get up to speed, Hasselbeck figures to be the starter in Nashville.
“From college to the NFL is a big adjustment,” Titans tight end Jared Cook said. “To have somebody to learn under, especially somebody as experienced as Matt Hasselback, I think is going to benefit all our quarterbacks.”
The team made the 2009 Super Bowl MVP their top priority among their five key players who are not under contract, and kept him for the next five years.
Holmes has had some off-field issues, which led to the Steelers trading him to New York. He performed very well for the Jets on the field, with 52 catches for 746 yards and six touchdowns after missing the first four games while suspended.
Free agents aren’t allowed to sign contracts until Friday.
McNabb is the subject of trade talks between Washington and Minnesota. He would have to agree to restructure the five-year, $78 million deal he signed with the Redskins because the Vikings don’t have enough room to fit him in their salary cap.
Minnesota drafted QB Christian Ponder in the first round this year.
In other moves Wednesday:
_DeAngelo Williams, the Panthers’ career rushing leader, agreed to remain in Carolina. Williams’ 2010 season was cut short by a right foot injury. He rushed for 361 yards and one touchdown. He had his best pro season in 2008, rushing for a team-record 1,515 yards, 18 touchdowns and a 5.5-yard average.
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