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Report: Ravens releasing Jeremy Zuttah

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The Ravens lost one starter from their offensive line when right tackle Rick Wagner signed with the Lions and they are reportedly losing another one by choice.

Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Media reports that the team is going to release center Jeremy Zuttah. Zuttah was set to make a $3.5 million base salary in 2017 and his departure would give the team just under $2.4 million in cap space.

Zuttah started 41 games for the Ravens over the last three seasons and played every game last season. He also spent several years as a starter in Tampa after the Buccaneers took him with the 83rd pick in the 2008 draft.

The Ravens also saw guard Vladimir Ducasse leave for Buffalo and haven’t added any offensive linemen to the roster in free agency thus far, which is something they could remedy in the coming days or via the draft next month.

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34 Responses to “Report: Ravens releasing Jeremy Zuttah”
  1. illumination666 says: Mar 15, 2017 11:08 AM

    Zuttah is a pretty solid C. For only $3.5mil, shouldn’t that be a steal? He won’t be unemployed for very long.

  2. tylawspick6 says: Mar 15, 2017 11:11 AM

    Cap hell.

    Ravens = Sub .500 in 2017

    Ozzie sucks.

  3. annapterp says: Mar 15, 2017 11:18 AM

    Zuttah is not good. Every year these genius posters say the Ravens won’t win more than 4 games at best and every year they are wrong…even when they went 5-11.

    People must not be paying attention to Free Agency this year to say the Ravens are in “cap hell”. They certainly are cap challenged but so are a lot of NFL teams. Ozzie still getting it done but I love the Ravens envy, although I do find it strange when it comes from Pats fans.

  4. thefan08 says: Mar 15, 2017 11:18 AM

    It seems the Ravens are shooting for a 3rd year without making the playoffs. So much for the tough AFC North, when all the teams except the Steelers are letting all their good players go.

    Ozzie is now building through Free Agency, not a good plan, GM Guru.

  5. canedaddy says: Mar 15, 2017 11:20 AM

    Zuttah hasn’t been great lately… pretty much interchangeable with Urschel last season.

    The Ravens do need a right tackle, though, as well as depth across the line.

  6. realdealsteel says: Mar 15, 2017 11:20 AM

    Glad to see the Ravens getting properly dismantled this off-season.

    GO STEELERS!!!

  7. wvravensfan83 says: Mar 15, 2017 11:22 AM

    He needed to go. His play has fell off tremendously! Nick Mangold signing in the near future perhaps?

  8. razzlejag says: Mar 15, 2017 11:22 AM

    Ozzie’s golden days are behind as he heads for his golden years. Putting the Ravens into cap hell is the ultimate in mismanagement.

    Tom Coughlin did it with the Jaguars in the late 90s, then tried to do it to the Giants and now is threatening to do it to the Jaguars again.

  9. richabbs says: Mar 15, 2017 11:48 AM

    For the trolls thinking that the Ravens are doing this for cap reasons, please know that Zuttah was terrible last year. He was called for holding and kept getting pushed back into Flacco way too often. He was worth the original investment a couple of years ago, but definitely not worth the $3.5 million now.

    Hopefully the late release is an indication they will be signing Nick Mangold. They can use one more experienced lineman to go with Yanda and last year’s rookies–Ronnie Stanley and Alex Lewis.

  10. coltswerestolen says: Mar 15, 2017 11:49 AM

    Nick Mangold… COME ON DOWN!

  11. jag1959 says: Mar 15, 2017 11:55 AM

    ‘Cap hell’ is a relative term. Ravens typically spend to the cap and as a result their carryover amount is usually small. In spite of what gets incorrectly said constantly the teams they see themselves competing for the AFC with (New England, Pittsburgh, Cincy, KC and Denver) typically do as well. The problem with their current salary structure is how it was spent. 54% of their current cap commitment is tied up in their top ten contracts. That doesn’t leave much room for depth spending, making injuries that much harder to cope with. It also makes gaining needed cap space tough to do without biting the bullet or paying it forward which perpetuates the problem.

  12. enoughofthatalready says: Mar 15, 2017 11:57 AM

    annapterp says:
    Mar 15, 2017 11:18 AM
    Zuttah is not good. Every year these genius posters say the Ravens won’t win more than 4 games at best and every year they are wrong…even when they went 5-11.

    People must not be paying attention to Free Agency this year to say the Ravens are in “cap hell”. They certainly are cap challenged but so are a lot of NFL teams. Ozzie still getting it done but I love the Ravens envy, although I do find it strange when it comes from Pats fans.

    People say the same thing about the Steelers year after year except they somehow have managed to only win less than 8 games in a season 3 times since 1992 with the last coming in 2003.

  13. National Fanatic says: Mar 15, 2017 12:08 PM

    Erc Weddle just tweeted: “Sorry to hear about my boy Jeremy Zuttah. Doesn’t surprise me tho, that’s how they treat the good players here.”

  14. handsofsteelheartofstone says: Mar 15, 2017 12:10 PM

    annapterp says:
    Mar 15, 2017 11:18 AM

    Zuttah is not good. Every year these genius posters say the Ravens won’t win more than 4 games at best and every year they are wrong…even when they went 5-11.

    People must not be paying attention to Free Agency this year to say the Ravens are in “cap hell”. They certainly are cap challenged but so are a lot of NFL teams. Ozzie still getting it done but I love the Ravens envy, although I do find it strange when it comes from Pats fans.
    =============================

    hahaha. oh thats a good one, “ravens envy” that is seriously one of the funniest things i have ever heard. i dont think people in cleveland are even jealous of the ratbirds

  15. xofdallas says: Mar 15, 2017 12:13 PM

    At a time when decent o-linemen are hard to find, this one doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. Especially since his salary isn’t outrageous.

  16. kfoyo808 says: Mar 15, 2017 12:16 PM

    Good ol’ Flacco. Baltimore needs to add explosiveness and speed on O. Isn’t a lot there.

  17. ninetysixer says: Mar 15, 2017 12:23 PM

    yes, the human blocking sled is gone….is Urschel ready? do they sign Mangold? In Ozzie we trust!

  18. kwjsb says: Mar 15, 2017 12:32 PM

    They actually waited until the Browns signed a center….Never enrich your division

  19. NFLexpert says: Mar 15, 2017 12:33 PM

    Ravens will be joining the Bengals at the bottom of the division soon. PITT on top, CLE moving up…

  20. jaycitie says: Mar 15, 2017 12:38 PM

    People on here are so funny. We release Jeremy Zuttah and we are a team now falling apart. JEREMY ZUTTAH for crying out loud. Never heard anyone talk about him, but now all of a sudden it’s like we are dumping an ALL PRO PRO Bowl every year player.

  21. thun5der says: Mar 15, 2017 12:39 PM

    Anna, so the Ravens’ goal each yr is to win at least 5 games? haha, pretty low bar

  22. jamaltimore says: Mar 15, 2017 12:41 PM

    JZ was a nice stop gap who was a penalty machine overmatched by big defensive linemen. Ozzie can’t draft WR’s but other than he’s pretty darn good. Hate on losers there’s only 3 teams that have one multiple superbowls this century and one of them is the Baltimore Ravens.

    Mangold will be on board shortly is my guess.

  23. goldtooth80 says: Mar 15, 2017 12:46 PM

    Giants, sign this man , put him at Guard and backup Center..Move Pugh to Left Tackle, Flowers to left guard. Fluker RT.

  24. jlv3gem says: Mar 15, 2017 12:48 PM

    I’m getting a kick out of these comments. ‘Cap hell,’

    ‘letting all their good players go’

    & whatever else.

    Zuttah was terrible last year. Terrible. The dude was a pro bowler last season…. Because 15 other AFC centers were either in the midst of a playoff run or declined the invite.

    Good riddance. I’m hoping they scoop up the old-aged, high mileage Nick Mangold off the scrap heap. Will be much better than Zuttah.

  25. diehardbucbob says: Mar 15, 2017 1:10 PM

    He was the most versatile O lineman we had when he was with the Bucs . . . would LOVE to have him back!

  26. baltimoresnativeson says: Mar 15, 2017 1:14 PM

    They are trying to get more physical.

    Zuttah and Wagner are good players. But they are finesse.

    That doesn’t fly in the AFC North.

  27. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 15, 2017 1:16 PM

    The Ravens are scrambling trying to find an answer for Tuitt and Heyward.

  28. tylawspick6 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:16 PM

    nick mangold is not playing for 3 million per year

    and nick mangold is broken down anyway

    afc teams to feast on that o line

  29. whodey420 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:27 PM

    You guys clamoring for Nick Mangold are crazy.
    I’d sign his sister before I signed him. That’s
    coming from a Bengals fan with Russell Bodine at
    Center! :/

  30. swagger52 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:55 PM

    Zuttah would do well on the Patriots. He can hold all he wants there.

  31. franfoley says: Mar 15, 2017 2:13 PM

    Thank god he’s gone. The only way I can figure he made the Pro-Bowl is 15 other AFC Centers said no. I’m just hoping they aren’t gonna put that cabbage patch kid Ryan Jensen at center – he couldn’t stop up a toilet.

  32. ilovemyravens says: Mar 15, 2017 2:20 PM

    JZ was garbage the last 2 years and he made the pro bowl by default. Either he was getting cosistently called for holding or getting pushed back 5 yards deep into Flacco. Good riddance!

  33. ravenmadnky says: Mar 15, 2017 2:34 PM

    Many Ravens fans are already chanting Mangold’s name. He hasn’t recovered from surgery. I’d rather see the Ravens select Elflien or Pocic in the draft.

  34. sbchampsagain says: Mar 15, 2017 3:43 PM

    The Ravens are so NOT scared of Tuitt and Heyward that they are willing to give up their starting center with no one else on the roster.

    LOL @ Crown.

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