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Ravens Acquire Center Zuttah From Tampa

Street Talk Ravens Acquire Center Zuttah From Tampa

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9+ Comments dave says "ranked Zuttah as the 22nd best center in the league" Come on, man!
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It appears as if the Ravens are done with the Gino Gradkowski experiment.

On Sunday, The Baltimore Ravens officially announced the addition of center Jeremy Zuttah via a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“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 to the teams’ website.

“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.”

In return Tampa Bay will receive  a 2015 fifth-round draft pick per NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

Zuttah is slated to earn $8.75 mil over the final 2 years of his deal however reports have surfaced that the deal has been adjusted to a lower salary-cap figure for the Ravens.

Drafted by the Bucs in 2008 Zuttah has played in 90 career games including starting 14 starts at center in 2013.

In 2013 Pro Football Focus ranked Zuttah as the 22nd best center in the league compared to Ravens starter Gino Gradkowski who graded out as the league’s worst of the 35 centers graded. It is also worth noting that according to the website, Zuttah did not allow a sack in 2013.

The move for Zuttah now bolsters a Ravens offensive line that will feature Eugene Monroe at left tackle, Zuttah at center, Yanda at right guard and either Kelechi Osemele at right tackle or left guard.

How excited is Zuttah to play for the Ravens?

“The past six years in Tampa Bay have been great for me, but now I’m looking forward to joining the Ravens and helping them win another championship,” Zuttah told the teams’ website. “That’s just a great atmosphere to be around with Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh, who have won a Super Bowl. It’s a stable environment. It will be great.”

While the Ravens continue to upgrade their offensive line as they vowed to after last season’s debacle, having an experienced center is certainly a must.

Add in his past run blocking history for Ray Rice when the two played at Rutgers University and it appears to be a win-win situation all-around.

 

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9 comments
dave
dave

"ranked Zuttah as the 22nd best center in the league" Come on, man!

Nick
Nick

I don't know enough about this man yet. When I first heard we were trying to trade for Zuttah I was kind of disappointed with a guy like Will Montgomery and Alex Mack still sitting there. Then hearing he was only the 22nd rated Center in the league sort of threw me for a loop."Why would Ozzie do this?" But knowing Ozzie, he wouldn't give a 5th Round pick, an Arthur Jones, for nothing. 22nd isn't that bad considering what's going on with Tampa. I really hope the Ravens don't surprise us and put him at LG and swing K.O to RT lol I don't think it's going to happen but football is football. I believe in my heart that this guy will be our Center for years to come and that he'll be a reliable and solid starter if not better.

GoPoe
GoPoe

I think I'm confused. Why are we celebrating giving up a mid round draft pick for a bottom third center?

SCS master
SCS master

Now all we need is a right tackle and our O line is markedly upgraded - hope we can land Zach Martin in the draft - should be around at our pick unless there is an early run on tackles (he is the 4th best prospect in the draft)

Bilal
Bilal

I thought he was just another journeymen offensive lineman like say an A.Q. Shipley. But, after reading more about this trade and seeing that Tampa signed him to a $17M deal I realized that he was greatly valued at one time. He's only 27 years old and at 6'4" 310lbs he has good size and he's also started 76 of 90 games so he has plenty of experience. He seems motivated and genuinely happy to be a Raven so let's see what happens and if he can become a contributor.

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cant wait for this season

Jacob
Jacob

Zuttah graded out the same as Birk in 2012, and he is 50% better than Gradkowski. It's not a homerun, but it's a definite upgrade. That's worth a 5th round pick (probably closer to bottom of 1/3 of 5th round too), which is typically a special teams player.

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