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.

37 responses to “Hutchinson knows the Vikings may cut him

  1. 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.

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

  3. Hutchinson realizes that he could be asked to take a pay cut, or that he could be flat-out dumped.
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    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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. @Calvikefan
    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.

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

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

  11. 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?

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. jason1214 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 12:00 AM
    @Calvikefan
    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.
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    They offered Birk the same contract Baltimore gave him, but he didn’t want to play for Chilly.

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