Matt Hasselbeck or Ryan Fitzpatrick?

The Titans pondered the question before switching one veteran quarterback for the other on Monday.

If all goes according to plan, however, it won’t matter on the field this fall.

“The fate of the Titans depends on what happens with Jake Locker,” said longtime NFL quarterback Rich Gannon, who is an analyst for CBS and Sirius/XM. “The bottom line is they are hoping the backup stays the backup and he doesn’t have to play as much as he did last year.

“If the Titans are going to improve, Jake has to stay healthy, and he has to get better. There were some games last year that had me concerned. I didn’t see the type of progression you’d hope for in Year 2. But I do think Fitzpatrick is capable of going in and winning some games for them if he has to.”

The Titans failed to reach a compromise with the 37-year-old Hasselbeck on a restructured contract, so they released him. He was scheduled to make $5.5 million in the last year of a three-year, $20 million deal.

Fitzpatrick, an eight-year pro released by the Bills earlier this month, landed a two-year deal worth $6.5 million. He’ll make $3.25 million this fall.