Veteran's retirement adds to Titans' need on offensive line

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 4:11pm

Steve Hutchinson informed the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday that he planned to retire after 12 seasons, the last of which was cut short by a knee injury.

Hutchinson was considered a key free agent acquisition last offseason but ended the year on injured reserve. Tennessee was his third team in a career that included five All-Pro honors and seven Pro-Bowl selections — all between 2003 and 2009.

“Hutch obviously had a great career in this league,” coach Mike Munchak said in a statement from the team. “Over the past decade, he was the best guard in the league in my opinion. I’ve always enjoyed watching him on tape — how he dominated guys.

“It was great getting a chance to work with him this year and to know him as a player and a person. I wish him and his family the best in retirement.”

Hutchinson’s departure increases the offensive line needs for a team that already considered that area an offseason priority.

Hutchinson was the starting left guard last season. Right guard Leroy Harris became a free agent Tuesday afternoon when the new league year commenced. Three other projected starters, tackles Michael Roos and David Stewart and center Eugene Amano are all at least eight-year veterans. Stewart ended the 2012 season on injured reserve and Amano missed the entire season with an arm injury.

“Hutch has been a great player and I am happy for him that he can walk away from the game under his own terms,” general manager Ruston Webster said in a statement.

2 Comments on this post:

By: courier37027 on 3/12/13 at 3:45

Weston and Munchal refer to players' nicknames Hutch and Babs. How long before seminar radio callers mimic this move? Latching onto a player's initials, nickname, or uniform number is cause for concern.

By: TITAN1 on 3/12/13 at 5:44

Your jealousy and envy is eating you up. C, the Titans are our NFL team whether you like it or not. Every time you whine, complain, and spew your sarcasm it shows it much more.