Jeremy Zuttah was once traded by the Baltimore Ravens earlier during the 2017 offseason. He will now return to Baltimore before the 2017 season is underway.
BALTIMORE, Md. — On Friday, the Ravens announced that they had signed the center and waived/injured receiver Kenny Bell. Zuttah will receive $4 million in his base salary and can make up to $2 million in incentives.
“I’m really proud of the way they’re working at it and making it what we can,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said of the injury-riddled offensive line on Thursday, via the team website. “I think we’re going to be a good offensive line before it’s all said and done.”
Baltimore was desperately in need in some help with their offensive line. Center John Urschel retired before the preseason. Rookie offensive lineman Nico Siragusa tore his ACL, MCL and PCL and offensive guard Alex Lewis suffered a shoulder injury. Both players will miss the entire 2017 campaign. This goes without mentioning that offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley and offensive guard Marshal Yanda have been banged up as well.
Zuttah, 31, was moved out of Baltimore in attempt to beef up their offensive line, especially up the middle. He was traded to the San Francisco 49ers, along with a swap of Baltimore and San Francisco’s sixth round picks in May. Just last week, Zuttah was released by the 49ers. When released, Zuttah garnered interest from both Baltimore and the Indianapolis Colts. He would ultimately choose Baltimore.
The major point of this signing is the familiarity between Zuttah and the Ravens. He started all 16 games at center last season for Baltimore and made his first Pro Bowl. Despite the lack of interior size (standing in at 6’4, 303 lbs), he makes up with that with his knowledge of the offense and cohesion with the signal callers behind him.
Zuttah has started and played in a total of 41 games for Baltimore, since joining the team before the 2014 season. Baltimore also bolstered their offensive line by signing tackle Austin Howard. Howard was cut by the Oakland Raiders just two weeks ago.
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