Bucs trade Jeremy Zuttah for Ravens draft pick

Published March 24, 2014

TAMPA — The Bucs continued their offseason overhaul of the offensive line Sunday, trading Jeremy Zuttah to the Ravens for a fifth-round draft pick in 2015.

"The past six years in Tampa Bay have been great for me, but now I'm looking forward to joining the Ravens and helping them win another championship," Zuttah told the Ravens' website. "That's just a great atmosphere to be around with (general manager) Ozzie Newsome and (coach) John Harbaugh. It's a stable environment. It will be great. … I'm planning to be in Baltimore for a long time."

Zuttah, who started 15 games at center and one at left guard in 2013 and started 76 games over six seasons with the Bucs, could have played 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 salary cap room for additional moves. The Bucs hope to use Carl Nicks, who missed most of 2013 with a toe injury, at guard, and re-signed Jamon Meredith as a potential starting guard.

Two other 2013 starting offensive linemen previously were released, guard Davin Joseph and tackle Donald Penn. Penn signed with the Raiders; Joseph remains unsigned. The three moves free up a combined $17 million in cap room.

The five 2013 Bucs who had been with the team the longest — Joseph, Penn, Zuttah, linebacker Adam Hayward and long-snapper Andrew Economos — are all gone.

jets: Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson is among several players New York has interest in. Jackson has a $10.25 million contract for 2014, a price the Eagles might not be willing to pay. Jackson is signed through 2016. The Jets need an impact deep receiver after releasing Santonio Holmes. The Jets signed Eric Decker away from Denver, but Jackson is more of a field-stretching target and can return punts. Jackson, 27, led the Eagles last season with 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and had nine touchdowns.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.