Matt Hasselbeck was a third-grader in 1983 when a sports reporter called his family’s home, inquiring about a tip.

It turned out the reporter had some good information — Matt’s dad, tight end Don Hasselbeck, was being traded from the Patriots to the Raiders. The family’s life was about to change.

“I’ll never forget it,” Matt Hasselbeck recalled Tuesday. “It was an emotional moment, because as a child of an NFL player, you are committed to the team your dad is playing for. From the guys on the team to the logo to the mascot, it’s all of it.”

So when Hasselbeck found out last week the Titans were releasing him, he immediately thought of his three young children — daughters Annabelle and Mallory as well as son Henry — and how to deliver the news. One by one, they were told. It was emotional.

Later that night, Hasselbeck agreed to terms with the Colts. A week later, it’s still a blur.

“I’m still in shock a little bit. It happened so fast,” he said. “But there’s no reason for anyone to feel bad for me; I’ve sort of sensed that at times when I’ve talked to friends and teammates. It’s unfortunate it went down the way it did, and it’s hard on the kids. But you have to move on and I have to focus on all the good that came from the experience here in Nashville.”

The 14-year veteran is no stranger to moves. He began his NFL career with the Packers in 1998, was traded to the Seahawks in 2001 and in 2011 signed a three-year, $20 million contract with the Titans.

Hasselbeck had talked with the Titans about a restructured contract for months, but negotiations fell apart. He was vacationing in the Bahamas when he learned he was being cut.

While Hasselbeck quickly landed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Colts, the Titans turned to former Bills starter Ryan Fitzpatrick with a two-year, $6.5 million contract.

So instead of working out Tuesday at Baptist Sports Park, Hasselbeck was sweating at Vanderbilt. The Colts begin offseason work next month. The family will move to Indianapolis in time for the next school year.

“You just have to adjust,” said Hasselbeck, who will back up last year’s No. 1 draft pick, Andrew Luck. “I would say I’m very surprised it went down the way it did. I thought it was a possibility, but when I left for vacation I definitely didn’t think I would come back as not a member of the Titans. But we had a difference of the opinion somewhere along the way.”