Greg Schiano will have his man on the offensive line. Jeremy Zuttah, a player who came through Schiano’s ranks at Rutgers has inked a fresh four year deal which will keep the Bucs guard in Tampa for the next four years.
Zuttah was one of the only brighter spots on an otherwise abysmal offensive line last year and his ability to play both guard and center makes him extra valuable, especially with Jeff Faine on the downslope of his career.
“[General manager] Mark [Dominik] and I agreed keeping Jeremy on our football team was one of our priorities this offseason,” Schiano said in a statement released by the team. “He is a young, talented player, who we both know very well. We are pleased we could get this deal done and secure Jeremy for years to come.”
Zuttah has played his entire career in Tampa, playing 30 games at left guard, nine at center, and five at right guard.
A third round selection in 2008, Zuttah is expected to be very instrumental in the rebuilding of an offensive line that allowed Josh Freeman to be abused relentlessly last season and is expected to provide consistent run blocking for LeGarrette Blount and whoever joins him in the back field.
“Not only am I happy to remain a Buccaneer, but also to be back playing for Coach Schiano.” Zuttah said Monday. “I couldn’t be more thrilled about this opportunity.”