The San Francisco 49ers have added offensive line depth. The team announced they have traded for center Jeremy Zuttah, and in exchange the two teams will swap sixth round picks. The 49ers are giving up pick No. 186 and getting pick No. 198.
Zuttah will immediately compete for the 49ers starting center role. He was the Ravens starting center each of the last three seasons, although he missed seven games in 2015 due to injury. Prior to that, he spent six seasons playing center and left guard for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Ravens were expected to release Zuttah, but the 49ers were able to swing a deal to get the needed depth. Zuttah is signed through 2018, earning $3.5 million in base salary each of the next two seasons. His pro-rated signing bonus rolls up as dead money on the Ravens books, and he has no future guaranteed money on his contract.
GM John Lynch had this to say about Zuttah, who was a Pro Bowl alternate last season:
“Kyle and I are firm believers that competition brings out the best in everyone,” said 49ers General Manager John Lynch. “We also believe that you can never have enough good offensive linemen, and Jeremy has certainly proven to be a very talented player having earned a Pro Bowl selection last season.”