Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Steve Hutchinson has announced his retirement from the NFL. His announcement comes on the heels of a season that ended with the 35 year old on the Titans IR and the general opinion that the Titans would cut the lineman in order to clear up cap space and to make room for a new, young lineman.
It’s an interesting development for the Titans that clears up a little of the confusion about what the Titans situation was heading into free agency and the 2013 NFL Draft. It’s now a certainty that the Titans will be looking to add two new offensive lineman to start at guard for the Titans in place of Steve Hutchinson and soon to be free agent Leroy Harris, who hasn’t seen the Titans show any real interest in re-signing.
Here’s what Hutchinson’s numbers were going to be in 2013, per Jim Wyatt:
Hutchinson had two years remaining on the three-year contract he signed with the team last offseason. He was scheduled to make $4.75 million in base salary on 2013, in addition to a $500,000 roster bonus that was due later this week.
When free agency opens tomorrow at 3 pm CT, the Titans will begin their man hunt for at least one starting guard, as well as a new tight end to replace the outbound Jared Cook.
Steve Hutchinson served the Titans well in 2012, but his final injury, which was the most recent in a long string that eventually pushed him out of Minnesota likely was the final straw. Munchak had said at the end the season that he expected him to retire, but QB Matt Hasselbeck had said he wasn’t working out like a guy who looks like he’s preparing to retire.
In the end, the writing on the wall obviously became quite apparent to Hutchinson. Thanks goes out to a great player who will undoubtedly be working his way into the Hall of Fame in the future.
Cheers to a great career.
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