The Baltimore Ravens have traded a pick in the 2015 NFL Draft to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah.
After the Ravens struggled last season, General Manager Ozzie Newsome has made it a priority to focus on the offensive line. The Ravens re-signed left tackle Eugene Monroe and are hoping for a full recovery from left guard Kelechi Osemele after undergoing back surgery last November. Adding Zuttah will only strengthen the offensive line in the coming seasons.
“We said at the beginning of the offseason that we would be adding quality players to our line and Jeremy fits that description,” Newsome said of signing Zuttah. “We are getting a player who has started at both center and guard, and played well at each position. We’re excited to have him as a Raven and believe he can play a significant role for us.”
With Zuttah’s versatility on the line, the Ravens will be able to make a few adjustments if needed. Being able to interchange players in different positions will be beneficial for the Ravens. Depending on where the team decides to put Osemele, Zuttah could either be playing center or guard. He has started in both positions during his six seasons in the NFL.
“I’ve mostly been at center the last two years, a little bit at guard, but I feel most comfortable at center right now,” Zuttah said.
Adding the six-year veteran to a line that has players such as offensive leader Eugene Monroe and two-time Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda will potentially make for a stronger line.
The contract is currently set to keep Zuttah in Baltimore through the 2015 season, but a long term contract is said to be in talks.
“I’m planning to be in Baltimore for a long time,” Zuttah said.