Is Matt Hasselbeck really on the Titans’ short list?

The Titans, like the rest of the NFL, are awaiting a new collective bargaining agreement before they determine which route they can take to address their quarterback needs.

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Taking a shot at what the Titans might be thinking, Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean suggests the team has Carson Palmer and Kyle Orton are on their list of options via free agency or a trade. While the cost of a trade for Palmer or Orton — as well as Kevin Kolb (the Eagles are believed to be seeking a first-round pick) – might be prohibitive, Wyatt also notes he has “no doubt” Matt Hasselbeck is also on the Titans’ radar.

The Titans’ front office has some ties to Hasselbeck, who wasn’t able to reach an agreement with the Seahawks before the March 4 deadline. While Hasselbeck is expected to test the open market, Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times calls it far from a done deal that the quarterback will depart, suggesting a foray into free agency might push the two sides closer in negotiations.

When Hasselbeck does get to free agency, it’s thought that the number of QB-needy teams (hello Arizona, Minnesota, et all) could drive up his price.  But from the sounds of it, the Titans could be in play.

And, before you go, let us know who you think the Titans starter will be.