NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans left guard Steve Hutchinson has decided to retire after 12 NFL seasons, the last cut short by a knee injury that limited him to 12 games.
Hutchinson announced his decision Tuesday morning on Twitter and the Titans confirmed it.
"Retiring today after a great run in the NFL," Hutchinson wrote. "Want to thank the (at)Seahawks, (at)Vikings, (at)TennesseeTitans and their fans for the opportunity."
A seven-time Pro Bowler and five-time All Pro, Hutchinson started all 169 games he played, He spent his first five seasons in Seattle, six with Minnesota and his final season in Tennessee. He signed a three-year deal with Tennessee in March 2012 and was due to earn $4.75 million this season along with a $500,000 roster bonus due later this week. His retirement will save Tennessee $3.75 million against the salary cap.
"Hutch obviously had a great career in this league," Titans coach Mike Munchak said. "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 a player and a person. I wish him and his family the best in retirement."
The Titans wasted little time trying to fill the void.
A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that the Titans have agreed to terms with Buffalo guard Andy Levitre to help replace Hutchinson. The person also said the Titans have agreed on a deal with San Francisco tight end Delanie Walker. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because both deals are pending the players passing physicals.