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.