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.
— P. Schrager (@PSchrags) March 23, 2014
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.
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