The Indianapolis Colts have told quarterback Matt Hasselbeck that he does not figure into their plans for next year, and he will become a free agent, according to an ESPN source and an NFL Media report.
According to the report, the Colts are planning for Josh Freeman to back up Andrew Luck next season.
Hasselbeck was one the NFL's best stories last season. The 40-year-old quarterback kept the Colts in the AFC South race by winning his first four starts in place of the injured Luck.
But then Hasselbeck's body began breaking down. Starting with the Week 13 game at Pittsburgh, he briefly left three straight games with injuries. His season ended for good when he suffered a right shoulder injury against the Miami Dolphins in Week 16.
Hasselbeck was 156-of-256 passing for 1,690 yards and nine touchdowns while going 5-3 as a starter last season.
ESPN staff writer Mike Wells contributed to this report.