BBAO: Steve Hutchinson's future

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Steve Hutchinson has one year remaining on the groundbreaking seven-year contract the Minnesota Vikings signed him to in 2006. It calls for him to receive about $7 million in salary in 2012, and count about the same against the salary cap. Will the Vikings bring him back at that price?

That's a question Dave Campbell of the Associated Press asked of Hutchinson, who indicated he didn't know what lies in his immediate future. Hutchinson: "I know what the cap situation is and all that, but it's out of my control."

Hutchinson, 35, has finished each of the past two seasons on injured reserve, most recently because of a concussion. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has spoken often entering the 2012 season with a younger roster. It's possible the Vikings will ask Hutchinson to take a pay cut, but if he is healthy you would think he would be a good role model and tone-setter for whatever young offensive linemen the Vikings bring in.

Getting younger means jettisoning veterans who can't play. Hutchinson doesn't fall into that category.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • The Vikings have a tentative deal with the University of Minnesota to add 3,000 extra seats if and when the Vikings need to play there during construction of a new stadium, according to the Star Tribune. That would bring capacity to about 53,000.

  • Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com has a detailed look at the Vikings' salary-cap situation.

  • Smart blog post from Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who explains why the Packers would be well advised to offer quarterback Aaron Rodgers a "lifetime" contract proposal this offseason.

  • Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel thinks it's quite possible that free-agent center Scott Wells won't return to the Packers. The Packers apparently haven't made him an offer that would make him among the top five highest-paid centers in the league.

  • Packers stock is now for sale in Canada, the team announced.

  • The Detroit Lions are going to have a busy week of contract negotiations at the scouting combine, writes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.

  • The Lions never pretended to be balanced in 2011, writes Justin Rogers of Mlive.com. They executed a designed run on just 31 percent of their offensive snaps.

  • Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is "very happy" to have added Jeremy Bates as his quarterbacks coach, Cutler told ESPN 1000.