Bucs sign Zuttah to a 4-year deal
The Bucs announced the signing of G/C Jeremy Zuttah to a four-year contract Monday, reuniting him with former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano. Terms of the deal were not released, but it's believed he will earn approximately $4-million per year.
In four seasons, Zuttah's versatility has been a huge asset to the Bucs. He has played in 58 regular-season games with 44 starts at both guard and center. Zuttah started 30 games at left guard, five at right guard and nine at center. A third-round selection (83rd overall) in 2008 from Rutgers, he rejoins his former college head coach.
"(General manager) Mark (Dominik) and I agreed keeping Jeremy on our football team was one of our priorities this offseason,'' Schiano said in a release by the team. "He is a young, talented player, who we both know very well. We are pleased we could get this deal done and secure Jeremy for years to come.''
Zuttah started 14 of the 15 games he played in 2011, helping the Bucs record the fourth-best average gain-per-play (5.29) and third-best average rush-per-play (4.21).
"Not only am I happy to remain a Buccaneer, but also to be back playing for Coach Schiano. I couldn't be more thrilled about this opportunity," Zuttah said in a release by the team Monday.
With Zuttah under contract, the Bucs will spend the day trying reach a long-term agreement with place-kicker Connor Barth. But failing progress in those talks, Tampa Bay is expected to use their franchise tag on Barth before today's 4 p.m. deadline.