One of the most dominant guards in recent NFL history, 12-year veteran Steve Hutchinson will retire from the NFL on Tuesday, according to a report from Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.
Hutchinson was limited by a knee injury last season and, according to Glazer, was waiting to to see how his knee recovered before making a decision on his future. With the knee apparently not coming along as well as hoped for, Hutchinson will retire after a dozen seasons in the NFL.
He began his career in Seattle after being selected No. 17 overall in the 2001 NFL Draft. He quickly developed into one of the best guards in the NFL. He combined with Walter Jones to form a dominant left side of Seattle's offensive line. After five seasons with Seattle, Hutchinson signed with the Minnesota Vikings and went on to start 89 games over six seasons with Minnesota. He spent his final season with the Tennessee Titans.
Hutchinson started 169 games during his career, garnering All-Pro honors seven times. He was also voted to seven Pro Bowls and named to the NFL's 2000s All-Decade Team. Hutchinson signed a seven-year, $49 million contract with Minnesota, which was a record for a guard. As one of the most dominant players during his generation, Hutchinson has a very good chance at being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.