The Tennessee Titans have reached an agreement on a three-year, $16 million deal with guard Steve Hutchinson, who had been released recently by the Minnesota Vikings.
Coach Mike Munchak (left) had high praise for Steve Hutchinson, who agreed to a $16 million deal with Tennessee on Thursday. COO Mike Reinfeldt (right) knows Hutchinson from his days in Seattle.
TitanInsider had previously reported after Hutchinson's visit on Tuesday night that there was a "strong possibility" of him landing with the Titans.
The signing of Hutchinson, 34, almost assuredly means Tennessee will not be bringing back Jake Scott, who started at right guard last season.
Hutchinson, a seven-time Pro Bowl pick, was also rumored to be a part of a potential move to help lure Peyton Manning to the Titans, because the two are said to be friends and are represented by the same agency CAA.
“I have always liked Steve as a player and respected how he has played,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “I have evaluated hundreds of players coming out of college in my time as a coach and he may have been the finest college guard I have watched. I still see him (on tape) playing at a high level, even in his 11th NFL season. He brings experience and success to our line and into the locker room. He is just an all-around good football player and we are excited to have him.”
The Titans had looked at several offensive linemen over the past three days with visits from centers Scott Wells of Green Bay and Chris Myers of the Houston Texans.
The Titans are still in the Manning chase, and the addition of Hutchinson, whom the Titans believe can have a Kevin Mawae-type impact on their locker room and the offensive line's persona, should only help Tennessee's chances with Manning, who met for nearly seven hours at the Titans facility on Wednesday.
Hutchinson was infamously part of the "poison pill" deal that landed him in Minnesota with a $49 million deal in 2006, a move that was done to the Seahawks when current Titans COO Mike Reinfeldt was in the front office there.