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Bucs deal Zuttah to Ravens for 5th-rounder in '15

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The Bucs' offseason overhaul of their offensive line continued Sunday, as the team traded starting center Jeremy Zuttah to the Baltimore Ravens for a fifth-round draft pick in 2015.

Zuttah, who started every game at center for the Bucs in 2013, could have moved to guard with the signing of free-agent center Evan Dietrich-Smith. He was due to make $4.5 million in 2014, so the trade frees up room under the salary cap for additional moves. The Bucs hope to have veteran Carl Nicks, who missed most of 2013 with a toe injury, and re-signed Jamon Meredith as another potential starting guard.

Zuttah is the third 2013 starting offensive lineman gone from the Bucs, following the release of guard Davin Joseph and tackle Donald Penn. Penn has since signed with the Raiders, while Joseph remains unsigned. The three moves free up a combined $17 million in salary-cap room.

His trade also continues a major change in the team's most tenured players -- the five 2013 Bucs who had been with the team longest -- Joseph, Penn, Zuttah, linebacker Adam Hayward and long-snapper Andrew Economos -- are all gone from the roster. Only four current players -- Dotson, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, receiver Mike Williams and kicker Connor Barth -- were with the team before the 2011 season, so 49 of the 53 roster spots will have been turned over in a span of four years.

[Last modified: Sunday, March 23, 2014 4:59pm]

    

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