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Hutchinson knows the Vikings may cut him

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Six years ago, guard Steve Hutchinson signed a seven-year, $49 million contract with the Vikings.  The seventh year is this year, and the Vikings may not be interested in paying Hutchinson $7 million at age 35.

And Hutchinson knows it.

“I know what the cap situation is and all that, but it’s out of my control,” Hutchinson tells the Associated Press.

Hutchinson realizes that he could be asked to take a pay cut, or that he could be flat-out dumped.  “Any player has to worry about that in the NFL,” Hutchinson said.

If he’s cut, the man who drafted him in Seattle and the coach who finagled a way to get him to Minnesota should come together to find a way to get him to Cleveland, where Mike Holmgren is now the team president and Brad Childress is now the offensive coordinator.

Even at an advanced age and with skills that are starting to decline, Hutchinson brings leadership and toughness to any team.  The Browns could definitely use some of it.  Or maybe a lot of it.

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37 Responses to “Hutchinson knows the Vikings may cut him”
  1. unclenasty says: Feb 20, 2012 7:02 PM

    Come to the Giants Steve. We could use you as we try to revive our once-proud running attack.

  2. numberoneinthehoodg says: Feb 20, 2012 7:02 PM

    Most of him has been hype. Don’t mistake that he has been very good. But the situation he is in and has been in doesn’t fit the scope of what he wants and the team wants. It’s time to move on and get what you can for him. The O-line has been sketchy for years. Not all his fault, but time to address the entire situation and start fresh. Tough pill to swallow.

  3. cannonballdookie says: Feb 20, 2012 7:05 PM

    Pittsburgh can use a road grater at left guard who provides some veteran leadership. Hop on board!

  4. nineroutsider says: Feb 20, 2012 7:08 PM

    Hutchinson realizes that he could be asked to take a pay cut, or that he could be flat-out dumped.
    No one should take a pay cut from that team unless they dump that horrible coaching staff. Let them cut you and sign a deal with a contending team that has a need. Finish out your career with a playoff appearance or 2.

  5. squared80 says: Feb 20, 2012 7:10 PM

    Guy is a class act, all the way. Skills have ben declining recently, but still better than a lot of guys. If cut, he’ll be missed as a player and as a member of the community.

  6. hbdbrowns33 says: Feb 20, 2012 7:14 PM

    would definitely welcome him

  7. farvite says: Feb 20, 2012 7:17 PM

    Why finish with a weak team like Cleveland?

    Get in New Orleans’ ear with Nicks departure possibly forthcoming.

  8. dawkinseffect says: Feb 20, 2012 7:18 PM

    hutch is still a top 15, it not top 10 guard in the NFL

  9. joeinoh says: Feb 20, 2012 7:21 PM

    Can the dude play wide receiver?

  10. berniemadoffsides says: Feb 20, 2012 7:23 PM

    Giants LG for two-year deal… I’d be so happy. 😀

  11. lionpride10 says: Feb 20, 2012 7:34 PM

    He went to Michigan, maybe he will want to come back to our state

  12. ytownie says: Feb 20, 2012 7:41 PM

    Joe Thomas, Hutchinson, and Alex Mack on the left side– I and every other Browns fan could live with that. Now the right side???

  13. bigzant82 says: Feb 20, 2012 8:06 PM

    please holmgren put him at Right Guard
    ya forget steinbach is the LG so we need to beef up the Right Side

  14. brownyelf says: Feb 20, 2012 8:12 PM

    Steinbach will be at left guard. Hutch would look much better on the right side next to the rookie tackle I can only hope they take in the 2nd rd.

  15. vikesfan4life says: Feb 20, 2012 8:23 PM

    I’ve loved him in purple the last 6 years but the last couple of been injury plagued and he just hasn’t been the same player. If he is willing to take a pay cut then I’m all on board with keeping him but if he still thinks he is a $7 million/year player he’s got another thing coming. Nothing against him at all but father time catches up with everyone eventually.

  16. godofwine330 says: Feb 20, 2012 8:56 PM

    If he comes to Cleveland he instantly becomes the best guard on a team that desperately needs help at guard. I like it.

  17. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Feb 20, 2012 9:04 PM

    No one likes any of the comments on this article haha.

  18. calvikefan1 says: Feb 20, 2012 10:00 PM

    Lets see , Matt Birk was let go at end of 08′ and signed w/ Ravens. Ravens have been to playoffs three years straight ( since his arrival ), finishing first place for two years in a row. Mckinnie was let go end of last year and Ravens go to conference championship Birk/ Mckinnie on same line. Now they want to get rid of Hutch. I am starting to think that maybe its the coaching and not the players.

  19. knucklehead93 says: Feb 20, 2012 10:01 PM

    Love the way he played football. It will be disappointing if he’s not a Viking next year.

  20. Little Earthquake says: Feb 20, 2012 11:24 PM

    He’s a good player but at 35 his knees have gotta be shot.

  21. zn0rseman says: Feb 20, 2012 11:50 PM

    Top 5 OG in the league… the guy just plays smart. He never misses a block, and never commits a penalty. The Vikings are probably going to miss him A LOT.

  22. jason1214 says: Feb 21, 2012 12:00 AM

    Vikings didn’t wanna pay Birk @ 32. Mckinnie was told to show up in shape and didnt. Hutch needs to accept pay cut. 3 completely different situations.

  23. okemon says: Feb 21, 2012 12:05 AM

    just renegotiate, and we pick up matt kalil, if he gets by the rams or who ever ends up with the #2 pick.

  24. vikesfansteve says: Feb 21, 2012 12:24 AM

    Try to restructure his contract.

  25. mjkelly77 says: Feb 21, 2012 12:31 AM

    lionpride10 says:Feb 20, 2012 7:34 PM

    He went to Michigan, maybe he will want to come back to our state

    Not only did Hutchinson play at Michigan, he played on the line next to Backus. Seattle drafted Hutchinson as the 17th choice in the 1st round. Mutt Millen wanted Hutchinson so bad and got so upset that in a knee jerk reaction, he took Hutchinson’s linemate, Jeff Backus with the 18th pick. Mutt Millen couldn’t find his a$$ with his hands tied behind his back.

  26. hillbillyjim says: Feb 21, 2012 12:47 AM

    Yes, the Steelers should sign him because they have no cap problems whatsoever.

  27. goawayeverybody says: Feb 21, 2012 2:22 AM

    Welcome to………… New Orleans?

  28. txnative61 says: Feb 21, 2012 3:24 AM

    In my opinion the blindside tandem of Hutch and Walter Jones belonged among the all-time greats in NFL history. Independently they are each HOF worthy, but the whole being greater than the sum of parts, what might have been? Could they have brought Matt Hasselbeck or Shaun Alexander with them into the Hall?

  29. purplengold says: Feb 21, 2012 7:45 AM

    Hutch will be fine with a solid LT next to him. And we were stupid to let Matt Birk and Chester Taylor go.

  30. jr82632 says: Feb 21, 2012 7:48 AM

    Hutch is a beast, What happened to Shaun Alexander when Hutch went to Minnesota? Adrian Peterson is a STUD, I cant say he couldnt have done it with out Hutch but he helped out ALOT! The guy is incredible, even at 35 id take him anytime.. I understand Minnesotas standpoint, but whichever team gets him is going to be better for it.

  31. fwippel says: Feb 21, 2012 8:09 AM

    If the Vikings do cut Hutchinson, they’d better make sure they’ve got a good replacement.

    That OL last year was almost as bad as the team’s secondary. They got run over constantly, and got their rookie QB knocked out of three games late in the year.

    The entire Viking OL needs an overhaul. But you don’t replace competent starters with unknowns. Find a quality replacement, or keep him. But don’t cut him without a solid replacement to step in.

  32. BrownsTown says: Feb 21, 2012 8:28 AM

    Anything as long as we don’t have to put the health of our starting quarterback in the hands of Floyd “Pork Chop” Womack or Jason Pinkston.

  33. cwroses1983 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:18 AM

    i would take hutch in a second, beast mode. bring him to detroit and say by to backus

  34. ppc50 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:38 AM

    Come to Dallas, their OL needs an overhaul for the most part.

  35. emmac13 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:53 AM

    Cleveland could use him. Plus Chilly knows him. Problem may be he knows Chilly.

  36. scoobyscraps says: Feb 21, 2012 10:25 AM

    Being a Bengals fan, I would welcome him in Cincy with open arms…we really need guard help. Yes, we need to draft someone this year for sure, but he would fill in nicely for a year or two. Class act and a good leader.

  37. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 21, 2012 4:31 PM

    jason1214 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 12:00 AM
    Vikings didn’t wanna pay Birk @ 32. Mckinnie was told to show up in shape and didnt. Hutch needs to accept pay cut. 3 completely different situations.

    They offered Birk the same contract Baltimore gave him, but he didn’t want to play for Chilly.

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