Matt Hasselbeck confirms his days as a Colt are over

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Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Indianapolis Colts passes during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 29, 2016) – Matt Hasselbeck confirmed his days with the Indianapolis Colts are over.

Using his Twitter account, the veteran backup quarterback wrote: “Amazing experience w/Colts. My family & I are grateful to you Indianapolis. Many great friends, you will be missed!’’

NFL Network’s Michael Silver first reported Sunday the Colts had informed Hasselbeck they would not re-sign him. Hasselbeck, 40, becomes an unrestricted free agent March 9.

Hasselbeck, the NFL’s oldest active non-kicker, said recently he planned to continue playing and it was thought the Colts might bring him back to be Andrew Luck’s backup for a fourth season.

That won’t happen.

As it turns out, Hasselbeck’s final game with the Colts was the 16-12 win at Miami Dec. 27. He was knocked out of a game for the fourth straight week, this time with a sprained right shoulder, but did enough to earn his 85th career victory in his 209th career appearance.

Hasselbeck ranks No. 22 in NFL history with 36,638 passing yards and No. 31 with 212 touchdowns.

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