The Ravens offensive line drew plenty of negative attention for struggling to open holes for the running game and keep quarterback Joe Flacco on his feet last season.
The team re-signed talented left tackle Eugene Monroe in an effort to keep one of the line’s strongest pieces on board, and on Sunday, Baltimore perhaps upgraded it by acquiring center/guard Jeremy Zuttah from Tampa Bay for a 2015 draft pick. The deal is pending a physical.
“We said at the beginning of the offseason that we would be adding quality players to our line and Jeremy fits that description,” general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. “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.”
Zuttah, 27, is a six-year veteran who started every game over the last two seasons. The 6-foot-4, 308-pound lineman has started 30 games at center, 41 at left guard and five at right guard since being drafted in the 2008 third round. The versatile lineman has played in 90 career games, starting 76.
Zuttah could potentially supplant Gino Gradkowski at center or could slot elsewhere depending on whether Kelechi Osemele plays tackle or guard, or whether the Ravens add another lineman.