The Tennessee Titans improved the interior of their offensive line on Thursday by signing seven-time All-Pro guard Steve Hutchinson, but was there more motive to the move than upgrading the team’s line?
Well it just so happens that Hutchinson is friends with free agent quarterback Peyton Manning and the two men share an agent, Tom Condon. The Titans have come on strong in the chase for the four-time MVP and the fact that they are basically offering him a blank check and a post-retirement position within the franchise may actually be shifting things in their favor.
By most accounts Manning was leaning heavily towards heading to Denver after his meeting with the Broncos last week. But now Tennessee owner Bud Adams has been on the warpath trying to get Manning in the fold.
Hutchinson’s three-year, $16 million contract is a bit of a hefty hit for a guy who has been declining over the past few seasons, but if it helps get Manning to pick Tennessee, it may well be worth it.