The Washington Redskins pared down a crowded quarterback depth chart Wednesday afternoon, releasing three-year veteran Tim Hasselbeck, who became the odd-man out when the team invested a first-round draft choice on Jason Campbell of Auburn.
It has been speculated since the addition of Campbell that Hasselbeck might not make it to training camp, given that he rated no better than fourth in the team's quarterback pecking order, behind veterans Patrick Ramsey and Mark Brunell, and Campbell. Actually, the Redskins did Hasselbeck a favor with the timing of the release, since there will still be time for him to secure a job well before the opening of training camps.
"As an organization, we think the world of Tim," coach Joe Gibbs said. "We love what he did for us while he was here. We wish Tim all the best for his future."
Where that future takes Hasselbeck remains to be seen but, while he was in the restricted free agent market earlier this spring, there were rumors that several teams had considered signing him to an offer sheet. Now that he is on waivers, there could be at least a modest market for the younger brother of Seattle starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.
As a restricted free agent, he had signed the one-year qualifying offer of $656,000 that the Redskins made him earlier in the offseason.
Hasselbeck, 27, has played in only nine games, but started five contests in 2003 when the Redskins were beset by injuries at the position. He has completed 95-of-177 passes for 1,012 yards, with five touchdown passes, seven interceptions and a passer rating of 63.6. He is regarded as an outstanding athlete with a good arm.
The former Boston College standout originally entered the league with the Buffalo Bills in 2001 as an undrafted free agent, but was released prior to camp and then cut by the Baltimore Ravens later that year. He spent some time in Carolina and Philadelphia before signing with the Redskins in 2003.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior writer for ESPN.com.