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Published: Thursday, March 15, 2012, 1:02 p.m.

Report: Steve Hutchinson signs with Titans

When does a former Vikings players signing with Tennessee constitute Seahawks news? When a lot of us were assuming that said player was on his way to Seattle.

Steve Hutchinson, a Pro Bowl left guard who started his career in Seattle before moving to Minnesota in 2006, visited with the Seahawks on Wednesday. When Seattle released left guard Robert Gallery, it looked very much like a Seahawks-Hutchinson reunion was going to happen. Today, however, ESPN is reporting that Hutchinson has instead signed a three-year deal with the Titans.

Gallery, 31, was set to make $5 million in base salary next year, plus a $1.5 million roster bonus, so the fact that the Seahawks let him go without wrapping up Hutchinson indicates that they simply didn't view him as being worth that kind of money. So what happens now at left guard? Well there are quite a few options. For starters, there are still free agents available, including guard/tackle Frank Omiyale, who has visited Seattle already. The Seahawks could also look to draft for another guard, but they also do have players currently on the roster who they like, including Paul McQuistan, who re-signed Wednesday, and Lemuel Jeanpierre. There has also been speculation ever since they drafted him that James Carpenter is better suited to play guard than right tackle, so that could be another option somewhere down the road (though Carpenter may not be ready for the start of the season because of a knee injury).

And speaking of players not coming to Seattle, defensive end Mario Williams, one of the top free agents on the market, signed with Buffalo today.

Also of note, former Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant, who was released last week, will visit the Broncos Friday, according to ESPN.
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