Veteran guard Steve Hutchinson, who spent the final year of his NFL career with the Tennessee Titans, is retiring according to a report.
The move is not really a surprise, given the Titans are expected to pursue guard Andy Levitre in free agency and Hutchinson suffered a severe knee injury at the end of last season.
Jay Glazer of FoxSports first reported that Hutchinson, a seven-time All-Pro, would be announcing his retirement on Tuesday, the same day that free agency begins in the NFL.
Hutchinson, 35, came to the Titans, signing a three-year, $16 million contract last season after being a cap cut by the Minnesota Vikings. He was installed as the team's starting left guard, playing in 12 games before a torn ACL ended his season.
According to a source, the knee injury was severe enough that it likely played a role in his decision to retire.
The ramifications of Hutchinson's decision on the cap wipes away his $4.75 million base salary, plus a $500,000 roster bonus he would have been due on the third day of the league year.
Hutchinson had another $1.5 million of prorated signing bonus in 2014 that would jump onto this year's cap. That would make a net savings of $3.75 million on the 2013 salary cap for the Titans.