Nov 17, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Jeremy Zuttah (76) gets ready to hike the ball against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Trade Jeremy Zuttah to Baltimore Ravens for Mid-Round Pick


Update:

The Ravens made the trade official.

And according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the pick coming to Tampa is a fifth-round pick in 2015.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ new front office, led by Jason Licht, is not done making moves and reshaping the roster.

A report from Peter Schrager of FOX Sports on Sunday indicated that the Buccaneers and Baltimore Ravens have reached a deal to move veteran guard/center Jeremy Zuttah in exchange for a 2015 mid-round pick.

Zuttah figured to be a starter for the Buccaneers in 2014, along with newly acquired Evan Dietrich-Smith. But a report surfaced soon after the signing of EDS stating that the Bucs were looking to trade Zuttah, meaning Jason Licht and Lovie Smith weren’t married to the idea of Zuttah and EDS joining Carl Nicks as the interior linemen in 2014.

Jamon Meredith was re-signed by the Buccaneers, and could play right guard, but this move almost surely means another move is on the horizon to add a guard or center to start in 2014. Zuttah was a quality player, but not a special player, and his versatility was made slightly irrelevant by the versatility of newcomer Dietrich-Smith. However, his departure means the Buccaneers are very thin along the line, with an injured Carl Nicks relied upon to come back healthy to provide a decent front five on offense.

It’s not clear where the Buccaneers hope to find a new interior lineman, as the free agent pool has thinned out considerably since the start of the new league year. According to Rotoworld, there are very few viable options at guard remaining, with a couple of decent options at center (including Alex Mack, who is likely out of the Bucs’ current price range).

However, a mid-round pick in exchange for a veteran player with a high salary is a fine value, so assuming that the Buccaneers add a new starter to replace Zuttah, this deal can be considered a win. The 2014 NFL Draft may hold second-round or third-round options at guard and center who could fill in nicely for the departed Rutgers product.

What do you think of the trade? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Dubrbucs

    Not a fan of this move with the uncertainty of Nicks, I know you are only as good as your last game, but this line that has been taken apart allowed LEgarette Blount and Doug Martin to run for 1000 yards and kept Josh Freeman upright for the most part

    • Earl

      My lasting image of Zuttah was when he was getting bowled over (tumbling) into Mike Glennon against the San Francisco 49ers. Zuttah, as with the rest of the castoffs this offseason have been average at best. I’m sure that’s what Lovie and his staff have been looking at. That’s why he has jettison them in a heartbeat. As for our backs, we had some talented running backs that got what they could because when one of our backs broke free, how often did you see an offensive linemen leading the way downfield? Not often if any.

  • Doug Lacy

    I agree they should have kept him and even camiri for atleast back up I understand penn but their doing the opposite of the reason why they got rid of revis but with no star player I just hope their not thinking about doing guard or tackle in the first round I feel like there’s a bigger pressing need than that like QB or OLB we don’t need a DE for now and we could use another good receiver behind VJAX and Williams which they can get one later in the draft and we need a TE of the future but I think Wright could fill that role and atleast we have a decent 2nd string in Myers so that can wait for next year and we can get guards and centers on the mid rounds I just kinda hope we get a franchise QB I wish it would be jonny football or Derrick carr even though really freeman just needed a couple more years to develop he has the skills he just needed the organization and fans behind him and the right system to flourish in I bet if shiano actual tried to win games like in his first year freeman would have had a good season but no he was sabotaged and now we need a new QB

    • Earl

      Hey Doug,,,Freeman sabotaged himself. Coming late for meetings, not showing up for his own events, not active in meetings, last one in, first one out. Freeman had 4 years to develop and he developed into a very bad quarterback. Everyone was defending him when HOF QB Fran Tarkenton called him “God awful!” He was with Minnesota for eight games, started one and didn’t dress out for seven.

      • Doug Lacy

        Okay you might have a point but if shiano really had faith in him after he had a 4000 yard season and he did good protecting the ball except for the 2 games at the end of the season but he really got screwed by horrible play calling plus the fact that they wanted him gone they put that in affect long before they drafted glennon which they should have gotten a TE or LB something we really needed cause look at us now glennon ain’t even the starter so they should have helped freeman not hurt him and the fan base by getting a guy who won’t be a starter in this league freeman could have been good if they actually helped him plus he only had a good number one receiver for one season and look what he did I’m telling you he could have been good if he had been supported right just like any QB and he only had a couple games to get the playbook down for the Vikings that’s impossible to do unless your Peyton manning and even then he would have struggled so how can he be that god awful seriously he needed a offseason with them to learn their system but I really hope he gets a new home that will actually work with him and provide him weapons and once he’s in a good system then he could be good plus y’all have to remember he’s only like 25 or something like that so he’s young he’s never been given a fair shot to be good and I wish him to have a good long career with a good team

    • Jayson Kaplan

      You want Manziel AND to keep (at least) one of the crappy lineman? That would be a fun combination. Manziel’s career would be about 2 games long (which is not much longer than it will be regardless).

      QB is not a pressing need to be addressed with a #7 pick. I’d take an OLB at #7 if it’s Mack, otherwise an OL is a far more pressing need. I’ve made it clear in several posts here that I think taking a WR at #7 is a wasted pick.