Steve Hutchinson's mind was willing to continue his distinguished NFL career. His body said something else.
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Hutchinson signed a three-year, $16 million deal with the Tennessee Titans last March, appearing in 12 games before his season was ended by a knee injury.
Hutchinson's base salary was scheduled to jump from $2 million in 2012 to $4.75 million this season. His $6.75 million cap hit made him a strong candidate for release.
UPDATE: Hutchinson confirmed his retirement Tuesday morning on Twitter: