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Ex-Hawk Steve Hutchinson to visit the VMAC

Post by Eric Williams on March 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm with 82 Comments »
March 14, 2012 1:49 pm

First reported by ESPN’s Mike Sando, the Seattle Seahawks confirmed they are meeting with veteran offensive guard Steve Hutchinson. The University of Michigan produt of course started his career with Seattle as the No. 17 overall pick in the 2001 draft. Hutchinson spent his first five years with Seattle, where he made three Pro Bowls with before leaving in free agency after the 2005 season to Minnesota in the messy Poison Pill situation.

But after six seasons in Minnesota, the Vikings released the 34-year-old offensive lineman, who was due to make $7 million in 2012. Hutchinson made a visit to Tennessee, where he would be reunited with former Seattle personnel men Mike Reinfeldt and Ruston Webster.

And now he’s in Seattle checking out the team’s new digs in Renton. Hutchinson’s role with Seattle is undetermined. Currently, the Seahawks are projected to have Robert Gallery starting at left guard and John Moffitt starting at right guard. But Moffitt is coming off major knee surgery that cut his season short last year, and Gallery suffered through an injury-plagued season last year.

Gallery signed a three-year, $15 million contract lat the beginning of training camp last year that included a $1 million signing bonus and a fully guaranteed $4 million base salary in 2011. Gallery is set to make $5 million base salaries in both 2012 and 2013, which are not guaranteed.

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  1. Come back! And bring Hasselbeck with you! Lets party like it’s 2005!

    How ironic would it be to have those 2 guys as the only ones from our ’05 team be on the ’12 team that goes back to the Super Bowl?

    I could see it happening!

  2. HeinieHunter says:

    Hass will not be back. He is not getting better every year from now on. The QB (?) will be young. loved him but time to move on. Hutch would be a huge help tutoring our young OL.

  3. Palerydr says:

    Holy crap Bobby you’re drinkin the koolaid today. I still hold a grudge against Hutch for signing a contract with full knowledge the Hawks would/could not match it. I say take him up in the Seaplane and dump him in Lake Washington. As for Hasselbeck why would they resign him? He makes very little sense for this team. I sure hope you’re kidding.

  4. People kept telling me that Hutch would never some back either!

  5. bird_spit says:

    I hold grudges…pass

  6. Who gets this excited about a 34 year old Guard? I don’t even want to imagine what BobbyK is doing right now.

  7. chrisj122 says:

    If we can’t get Flynn, I wouldn’t mind gettin Hass back on the cheap and draft a young QB who could possibly be the future to learn under Hass.
    Having said that no way do I ever see that happening. This is not the regime responsible for the Hutch depature but it is the one responsible for the Hass departure. If this regime were to resign Hass it would send a message that i don’t think they want to send. Lets face at this level everyone as ego’s and for Hass to come back both sides would have to swallow their pride a bit.

  8. grizindabox says:

    I wish people would quit talking about Hass.

  9. Interesting….. Just about a day has passed with free agency, and our
    Hawks have not gotten any better…… Actually may have lost a bit….

    Just sayin’……..

  10. I hold a grudge also, take a long hike off a short pier Mr. Hutchinson.

  11. HeinieHunter says:

    I don’t blame Hutch…..Ruskell blew it and everyone knows it. Holmgren is still pissed at that.

  12. ryanryan says:

    im certain hutch is better than moffitt right now, he and gallery holding down the guard spots until gallery goes down and moffitt moves into the rg spot makes some sense i guess…wonder what he thinks he’s worth for the next 2 years? okung*hutch*unger*gallery*giacomini is a pretty tough front i do believe.

    he would have some splain’in to do at the press conference, but he would be welcomed back with open arms by the time he hit the field i would think.

  13. chrisj122 says:

    It wasn’t really Hutch. Ruskell never made an offer to hutch, he could have franchised him but instead he went the cheap route and (forget the terminology) half ass franchised him.
    Hutch had said later that he was waiting for the Hawks to approach him with an offer but in never happened so he visited Minn. and he signed the infamous “Posion Pill” contract.

  14. Don’t bat an eyelash just sign him!

  15. ryanryan says:

    i wonder if he would even sign with seattle again…he is shrewd enough to visit many places to drive his price up.

    seattle, tennessee…who knows where else he’ll visit before he gets the offer he is looking for.

  16. bigmike04 says:

    I don’t think it was hutch fault for leaving it was dumb skill Russell fault.. He didn’t want to franchise him because it would have cost in his view Seahawks too much.. He didn’t want to pay Hutch a left tackle type money..

    I hope Steve Hutchinson comes back as it would make Seahawks OL, whole lot better & nastier, T Jack or who ever is the QB will be better protected..

  17. How about the irony of the Seahawks losing Hutchinson which caused the Seahawks to bring in a series of washed up LGs at the end of their careers (Wahle, Gallery, Pitts, Hamilton) and now Hutchinson comes in to finish his career.

    The Seattle Seahawks – Where LGs come to die.

  18. I should say Hutchinson possibly comes in to finish his career.

  19. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Awesome! Sign the man! I’d welcome him back with no grudge, nothing but love.

  20. SandpointHawk says:

    Why blame Hutch? It was Ruskell being cute. Folks these players have 3-12 years to make their money. Once the poison pill was out there.(Pay Hutch more than Big Walt)what could the Hawks do? You blame Hutch for going home and taking better money? Blame Ruskell…heck Big Show is still pissed about this….. If he wants to come back and the money is right….he redefined the Guard position. Sign him….

  21. bird_spit says:

    Any argument I would have against signing of Hutch would go away on the very first mauling block that he was capable of doing in the past. I hold grudges, but I would be fine replacing Gallery with Hutch. I would be satisfied with booing when they announce him on the first game.

    HUTCH signed the contract that was unmatchable. Obviously his leaving wasnt the only nail in the coffin of the super bowl team, but it was probably the largest nail on offense.

    Sign the SOB…

  22. HeinieHunter says:

    You had Hutchinson and Walter Jones! You do not let either get away! Ruskell wanted to save money, (then he signs Alexander for big bucks). Ruskell was a total moron. It hurts to even think of what we might have accomplished if Hutch and Walt stayed together.

  23. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Sign Hutch? I thought our o-line was one of the strengths of the team? Lol.

    Sign Hutch, and then draft Decastro!

  24. I still blame Hutch for leaving the way he did. Hutch was a total grumpy jerk and he held a grudge. He could have left a lot of different ways, but he chose to leave as a guy with a grudge. No class.

    But the only reason I wouldn’t want him back is because at 34 his joints are toast.

  25. Word is that Mario Williams is still in Buffalo, he spent the night and was still there at the end of business at 5:00pm today. Also, Mario Manningham is in Buffalo talking about signing.

    You know what this means… The SUPER MARIO BROTHERS.

  26. I’m with bird_spit – if Hutch is an upgrade, bring him in. Bygones.

    Re Hass, I think that time has passed, need to move forward with that position.

  27. grizindabox says:

    The Hawks will not draft DeCastro.

  28. Manningham was a huge fantasy league underachiever, I wasted a much-too-high draft pick on him.

  29. piperfeltcher says:

    I hate Hutch right up until he puts on a Hawks jersey then I will be cheering for him.

  30. chrisj122 says:

    Hutch is a nasty O.G. of course he’s a grumpy jerk. Ruskell never contacted Hutch or his agent before going to Minn. Hutch felt as if the Hawks didn’t want to talk to him and because of the half ass franchise tag (again forget terminology) the Hawks would let him test the F.A. market and match any offer that they thought was worth matching with out trying to work out a deal.

  31. RDPoulsbo says:

    I also hold grudges, but my personal qualms aside, if Hutch returns, it will be to a completely different blocking scheme than he left. The Hawks have since committed to a zone blocking scheme when Holmgren left. There’s not much man blocking going on around here anymore. This is probably not a good fit and probably better to stick with Gallery if they want to stay old at LG.

  32. Sarcasticus says:

    So is there a poison pill clause in the Carlson deal that we have to take back Hutchinson? I think the Vikes more than owe us for taking T-Jack off their hands.

  33. piperfeltcher says:

    Lofton signed with Eagles

  34. Dukeshire says:

    Bird_Spit – If you hold grudges, it should be toward Ruskell not Hutch. I LOVE the idea of Hutch and Moffitt as this teams guards heading into ’12

  35. Hutch played for OC Darrell Bevell and blocked for TJack. I remember reading that Hutch liked Tarvaris. Bevell brought TJack, both of them bring in Hutch? Maybe this bodes well for TJack as the starter again next season.

  36. Sam Farmer says Hutchinson to Seattle is just about a done deal. Who would have thought??

  37. chrisj122 says:

    Wow! if you would have told me yesterday that Hutch is going to sign with the Hawks, I would have said you are a couple of grapes shy of a fruit salad.

  38. Piper: “I hate Hutch right up until he puts on a Hawks jersey then I will be cheering for him.”

    Well, hell yeah. Totally agree.

  39. Don’t know how I feel about this.

    I guess I should just appreciate the player, but the ethics of employing the poison pill cause me to dislike the man and his agent. I would rather like, than dislike, Seahawks as players and people.

  40. rodman – As I recall, Sydney Rice was brought in exactly the same way. Likely wouldn’t be here without TJack.

  41. More than one source has said Hutch was tired of always being in Walt’s shadow, and wanted to prove himself equally great. How’d that work out?

  42. Meh, it comes down to whether Hutch can still play. And he graded out well last season. If that’s the case, and he can make our team better–why not? Grudges be-damned.

  43. Hammajamma says:

    Sign him and renegotiate Gallery, who has proven to be a part time player. Between those two, Moffit and LaPierre, we have the interior positions in good shape.

  44. piperfeltcher says:

    Mario had a physical in Buff. today so they must be close on a contract.

  45. GeorgiaHawk says:

    If Hutch does sign, perhaps he could persuade his friend Manning to pay a visit.

  46. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    ryanryan you don’t replace moffitt you replace gallery. hutch is a left gaurd and would be a much better mentor to this young line. if the team doesnt think moffit is the future at RG and decastro is there you take him. okung/hutch/unger/decastro/giacomini. that would make 4 of 5 linemen that are maulers. i do not like gallery he spends to much time on his back.

  47. piperfeltcher says:

    If Hutch is signed I would guess they would release Gallery. He costs 5 mill against the cap and will cost nothing if released.

  48. Between Hutch and Gallery the Seahawks would get a lot of O line leadership… and perhaps 16 healthy games between the two of them.

  49. If he’s going to be a HOFer, I’d prefer him to play three more years in Seattle, so we can legitimately claim him as our own (unlike guys like Jerry Rice, Franco Harris and John Randle).

  50. Dukeshire says:

    Well, Hutch did start his career here. Big difference between that and the other you mentioned.

  51. I love Hutch! I know you guys think I’m nuts, but he’s one of my favorite Seahawks ever. No, he’s not there with Easley, Warner, or Largent, but he’s in my top 10.

    I don’t care if he’s almost done. If he’s got 1-2 more years left, fine. I’m happy with that. I saw enough in MN last year to know he’s still good, too.

    And, really, he’s only going to keep LG warm for Carp, who is probably the future LG anyways. However, we can’t count on him for ’12 because of his torn ACL.

    Does anyone else find it ironic that this is the 7th year of his deal that we wouldn’t match?

    And if anyone wants to blame anyone in that game, it’s Ruskell. Hutch did what pretty much every person would do in his situation (even though you could feel betrayed – that’s human).

    I have suggested we bring Hutch back before and people said that it would “never” happen.

    Hutch (reportedly) down. Matt Hasselbeck to go! And don’t tell me it could “never” happen either.

    This just made my day!!!


  52. Ruskell used the ‘Transition’ tag on Hutch. It gives Seattle the right of first refusal to match any offer. I would assume Hutch didn’t want to be here if he knew Seattle couldn’t match.

  53. Dukeshire says:

    If Ruskell wasn’t such a dumb ass, he would have applied either one of the Franchise Tags and never allowed Minn to offer him that absurd poison filled contract.

  54. BobbyK thinks the Seahawks want to recreate the 2005 Seahawks when they really want to recreate the 2007-2008 Minnesota Vikings.

  55. True, Duke, he did start his career with the Seahawks. But unless he returns, he would have been a Viking for a year longer.

  56. It was starting to be a slow offseason up until today. But with Mr Happy and the Duke Boy it doesn’t stay dull for long, does it! :-)

  57. piperfeltcher says:

    I agree that was Ruskell’s mistake and can not blame Hutch for getting paid.

  58. Funny line, Pabuwal! So true. Now if we can only get our hands on Shiancoe.

  59. Looks like the Seahawks lost out on their Guard –

    “Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly reports Seahawks offensive lineman Mike Gibson has agrees to terms with Eagles on a two-year contract.”

  60. Ruskell says he will get an extention done. He doesn’t. Hutch felt lied to.

    Ruskell says Hutch isn’t worth “x” amount of dollars and doesn’t believe anyone else thinks so either.

    Vikings say that they will offer Hutch oodles of money, but won’t play the part of the fool. They say that they put this provision in here (poison pill) so it guarantees they get their man or they could be in limbo wondering if the ‘Hawks will match in so many days (thinking they, perhaps, would) or else they won’t offer Hutch the deal. Hutch knows Seahawks won’t give him this much without signing this deal, so he did what pretty much every person who feels disrespected from his employer does – take the bigger deal, even though it means he switches teams to a team he feels wanted by in comparision to an organization that lied to him. Most people here would do the same thing (take the money and go with who made you feel wanted).

  61. jarred767 says:

    Count me on board for Hutch!! I know he won’t be what he was when he left, but he’d be an upgrade over Gallery and one has to think his nastiness would pair well with Cable and is style.

    On a side note, can you guys believe these contracts that CB’s are getting? Finnegan and Carr got over $100 million between them (roughly $50 million each, both for 5 years). It seems like teams are overspending, but it shows the premium being put on the position in what is now a very pass happy NFL. Makes me even more excited about the talent (and limited financial resources) we have at the position between Browner, Sherman, and Thurmond.

  62. bigmike04 says:

    Mike Gibson get paid that is great for him.. Last yr cut in training camp right than resign toward end of Season.. Good deal for him to get paid..

    The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms with free-agent FB Lawrence Vickers (Texans) on a two-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed. I don’t know if Seahawks were interested, I know someone brought it up…

  63. A few hours ago Eric Williams tweeted his opinion that “I’d say Henne to Seattle, Flynn to Miami.”

    Why is this stuff not on Seahawks Insider?

  64. Dukeshire says:

    Man, Tampa Bay is spending some cash. Carl Nicks, V Jackson…

  65. Dukeshire says:

    Is it presumptuous to believe Gallery will be cut if they sign Hutch?

  66. I think thats how it goes down with Gallery. Gallery has $6.5m coming to him in 2012 and that won’t be happening either way.

  67. Dukeshire says:

    Probably because it’s just a feeling and he was responding to a question rather than based on anything tangible. Just guessing.

  68. grizindabox says:

    Duke, I am not sure if the Hutch move is precautionary due to Carp’s injury, or that they will sign him and release Gallery.

  69. Seahawks2620 says:

    Even though there is virtually no chance of the Seahawks signing Williams at this point, it is getting extraordinarily old hearing about him leaving and then not leaving and then leaving and then not leaving over and over again. HOLY SH!T! It’s ridiculous.

  70. Dukeshire says:

    But Hutch cannot play tackle, and it’s not a certainty Carp moves to LG. I would think if it were precautionary, they’d look at tackles.

  71. maddog12 says:

    I feel like I should almost congratulate BobbyK. Holding grudges is not something he is doing at least not re Hutch. Dreaming about the glory days is OK.

  72. Seahawks2620 says:

    In regards to him being in Buffalo.

  73. ryanryan says:

    I’m not sure that they SHOULD cut gallery if they sign hutch, they may do so, but with gallery’s injuries last year they may feel like there are too many lineman hurt to cut him unless they are going to draft someone. he did play well at the end of the year…golly, the hawks having too many cocks in the guard house? what a concept.

  74. Eric retweets someone (dont think shes a reporter) saying that the Jags signed Henne to a 2 year contract.

  75. Sorry, meant to say she was the Jags beat reporter.

  76. ryanryan says:

    hawkinOK – the injuries to carp, moffitt are my reasoning for thinking that the lineup will at least start with both hutch and gallery on the squad. imagine the competition with two established guards battling with moffitt for starting time (should they all get/stay healthy)…i like the way all that sounds. that would mean the draft will consist of DL and LB’s with a possible qb should they not sign henne or flynn to compete with jackson. i like the idea of peppering the draft with the DL and LB’s like they did with the DB’s last year…look at what we came away with, very solid bunch over a two year period…3 starters and a FA ‘rookie’ starter to boot.

    i like our fo very much

  77. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Before this post- 76 comments for #76! Karma?

  78. RDPoulsbo says:

    Looks like they just cut Gallery so this might actually be for real.

  79. Bob Gallery cut. Paul McQuistan signed.

    Is Hutch next?

    Your memories of the events between Hutch and Ruskell seem kind to Hutch if you ask me, but I’d be very happy to have Hutch back. He’s always earned every dollar, whatever he was paid.

    And remember when we thought $7M/yr was a lot for a guard? I heard Carl Nicks signed with Tampa for $9.5M/jr!!!

  80. Bobby is delusional. That’s not how it went down. Hutch and his agent with Minnesota dreamed this up. He knew what he was signing and that it would screw the Hawks. I hope we don’t sign him. Hit the bricks!

  81. MadSweeney42 says:

    I doubt there’s anyone who’s more aware of the importance of OL than myself, but seriously, Hutchinson can go eat a bag of paint chips. He screwed the Hawks (and yes, I am aware of Ruskell’s compicitness in the matter) and gave them the finger on the way out with the poison pill contract. His slimeball move killed RFAs and Transition Tags forever. I don’t want him, not one little bit. I couldn’t handle cheering for a rushing TD that went to the left side.

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