BREAKING: Bucs Trade Jeremy Zuttah to Ravens for 2015 Draft Pick
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have traded away starting center Jeremy Zuttah, to the Baltimore Ravens fora fifth-rounddraft pick in 2015, both teams announced Sunday afternoon.
Zuttah was scheduled to make $4.5 million in 2014, which would have made him the fifth-highestpaid center in the league.
The move frees up $4.5 million in cap space and helps the Bucs complete an offensive line overhaul that included the departures of two former Pro Bowlers -- starting left tackle Donald Penn and right guard Davin Joseph.
Wanted to thank all the Bucs fans for the support these past 6 years. I'll never forget my time there! #itsabucslife
Jeremy Zuttah(@JZutt7176) March 24, 2014
Zuttahstarted 32gamesover the last two seasons, recording 76 starts in 90 career games for the Bucs. He primarily lined upas the team's starting center, although he also played guard throughout his six seasons in Tampa.
The Bucs had been rumored to have Zuttah on the trading blockin recentweeks. Those rumors intensified when the team signed former Packers starting center and guard Evan Dietrich-Smith.The team also re-signed Jamon Meredith to a two-year deal.
That leaves starting left guard Carl Nicks and right tackle Demar Dotson as the only remaining members of the team's starting offensive line last season. Nicks iscoming off a bout withMRSA as well as a torn plantar plate in his toe. Meredith could line up opposite of him.
The team also signed former Browns guard Oniel Cousins last week.
In Baltimore, Zuttah can provide immediate reliefto an offensive line that struggled last year, allowing 48 sacks -- fifth most in the league. He is expected to play center.
Zuttah currently has two years left on a four-year, $17.09 million contract that was signed in 2012.