- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Tennessee Titans released Matt Hasselbeck and it's no surprise that half of the AFC North is interested in the 15-year veteran. The Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals are among a growing list of teams looking at Hasselbeck, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
The Bengals need a backup to Andy Dalton after Bruce Gradkowski signed with the Steelers. Hasselbeck would be the ideal tutor for Dalton, but he would also put more pressure on Dalton because he's had much more success as a starter than Gradkowski.
Hasselbeck would have a better opportunity to play in Cleveland. The Browns want to bring in competition for Brandon Weeden and have yet to do so, watching the likes of Alex Smith and Matt Moore sign elsewhere.
Hasselbeck, 37, went 2-3 last year as a starter for the Titans, throwing five touchdowns and three interceptions. In 2011, he started every game for Tennessee, throwing for 3,571 yards with 18 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
He was cut Monday after the sides couldn't work out a deal to reduce his $5.5 million salary. Hasselbeck has been to three Pro Bowls and directed the Seahawks to the Super Bowl in 2005.