Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Bucs have agreed to terms on a contract extension with offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah.
Greg Schiano coached Zuttah at Rutgers, and after taking the Buccaneers’ job quickly identified him as a priority for the team to re-sign. Zuttah can play four positions on the line. He started 14 games in 2011, 13 at left guard and one at center.
Zuttah projects as the Bucs’ starting left guard in 2012. Davin Joseph is the right guard, and Jeff Faine is tentatively expected back at center despite a $5.925 million base salary.
According to Holder, the Bucs will now turn their focus to free agent kicker Connor Barth. The sides have until Monday’s 4 p.m. franchise tag deadline to negotiate, but Holder expects Barth to be tagged barring a last-minute breakthrough in talks.