NASHVILLE, TENN. March 15, 2012 - The Tennessee Titans agreed to
terms with All-Pro G Steve Hutchinson on a multi-year contract.
"Steve is a really talented player who has had a great deal of
success in this league," said Titans general manager Ruston Webster.
"I like his leadership and his toughness and he will obviously add
to the overall talent of the group upfront."
"I have always liked Steve as a player and respected how he has
played," added Titans head coach Mike Munchak. "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."
Entering his 12th NFL season, Hutchinson (6-5, 313) has earned seven
Pro Bowls (2003-'09), five first-team All-Pro honors (2003, '05,
'07-'09) and started 157 regular season games (8 postseason games)
during his career. He played six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings,
after starting his career with the Seattle Seahawks (2001-2005).
During his time in Minnesota, he blocked for Adrian Peterson, who
has averaged 1,350 yards per season during his five-year NFL career
and led the league in rushing in 2008 (1,760 yards). In Seattle, he
had similar success paving the way for Shaun Alexander. In five
years together, Alexander averaged 1,500 yards per season (7,504)
and earned NFL MVP honors in 2005, when he rushed for a
league-leading 1,880 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Hutchinson was originally a first-round pick (17th overall) by the
Seattle Seahawks in the 2001 NFL Draft from the University of