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Titans land Steve Hutchinson on three-year deal

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ESPN’s John Clayton reports that the Titans have signed guard Steve Hutchinson to a three-year contract.

Hutchinson is 34 years old and seems unlikely to fulfill the length of the deal, but he can still perform at a competitive level. The Titans wanted to remake their interior offensive line this offseason. They are likely also hoping that Hutchinson’s addition helps woo free agent quarterback Peyton Manning. The two are close friends.

Hutchinson has been a left guard for his entire career. The Titans may kick incumbent left guard Leroy Harris over to the right side, or perhaps use the draft to upgrade on Harris.

The Hutchinson signing should be good news for running back Chris Johnson’s 2012 aspirations.

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19 Responses to “Titans land Steve Hutchinson on three-year deal”
  1. sammythebull44 says: Mar 15, 2012 4:14 PM

    he’s a tough SOB..Peyton will be glad to have him

  2. larryfitz11 says: Mar 15, 2012 4:15 PM

    Wish I was “friends” with Peyton Manning so I could get a few million dollar contract.

  3. nflfollower says: Mar 15, 2012 4:16 PM

    Helps get Peyton. Manning to Tennessee….back to the backwoods….I like it.

  4. seahawks4lyfe says: Mar 15, 2012 4:29 PM

    Thats the 2nd person Seattle let slip by, sadly I dont think theyll land flynn…..

  5. rob0527 says: Mar 15, 2012 4:31 PM

    Let’s u believe that the Titans r closer to getting Manning than reported. They wouldn’t sign a guy who is unlikely to fulfill contract in order to protect Jake Locker.

  6. 97tahoe says: Mar 15, 2012 4:31 PM

    Sorry to see Hutchinson leave the Vikings. He was nothing but a class-act during his time here. I wish him nothing but the best in the future.

  7. ytownie says: Mar 15, 2012 4:36 PM

    Sorry, but thats paying a lot of money for a “name” rather than a football player on the up side.

  8. conormacleod says: Mar 15, 2012 4:39 PM

    Hutch WAS a tough SOB. WAS one of the best. Now? He hasn’t finished a season since 2009. He got old and injured in a hurry.

  9. erfoster says: Mar 15, 2012 4:42 PM

    jeff saturday @ center and hutch @ guard. manning is signing tonite!

  10. tweeter75 says: Mar 15, 2012 4:45 PM

    As a Vikings fan……we’ll miss you Big Hutch!!!

  11. chadmurdigan says: Mar 15, 2012 4:46 PM

    You can tell from the photo how long he’s been a left guard. He has a 1,000 yard stare in his eyes similar to what you see in a combat soldier rotating off deployment.

  12. phillyphever says: Mar 15, 2012 4:58 PM

    Is it just me, or does he look like Jon Runyan a little bit?

  13. 12thmanhawks says: Mar 15, 2012 5:01 PM

    just same ol hawks…..nothing new 😦

  14. cags777 says: Mar 15, 2012 5:03 PM

    Congrats, Hutch! Good luck with the rest of your career.

  15. vikingsfanintexas says: Mar 15, 2012 5:20 PM

    In his prime he was a pro bowl guard. But his prime was several years ago. Several…

    Watching him struggle with bull rushers the past 3 or 4 years has been tough as he fought injuries and age. He’ll still have an occassional block where he works with the center to wall off the DT then moves up field to block the linebacker where you’ll think he still has it. But sadly, he doesn’t. If he did, he’d still be in Minnesota.

    This isn’t like Matt Birk leaving for money… this is a team with one of the weakest O-lines in the league saying he’s through. He is… you’ll see in a few games.

  16. rethinklogic says: Mar 15, 2012 5:43 PM

    With Hutchinson, Saturday and manning! All they need is ladalian tomlinson and they would win the super bowl in 2007

  17. gdeli says: Mar 15, 2012 5:48 PM

    make room for peyton! average team?

  18. ratsofftoya says: Mar 16, 2012 12:42 AM

    He looks like mr bean with long hair

  19. seahawksgirl says: Mar 16, 2012 5:51 PM

    Doesn’t matter whether Steve is in his “prime” or not, he brings a lot of intagibles to a team and to the locker room. He represents everything that you would want a player to be…he will make everyone around him that much better. Best wishes Steve, wish you were here in Seattle but understand why you aren’t.

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