Ravens acquire Jeremy Zuttah for a 2015 5th round pick

The AFC North is becoming Zone Running North as Baltimore acquires athletic but inconsistent center from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

New Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith rid himself of another entrenched veteran and Baltimore acquired one of dozens of centers better than Gino Gradkowski.

Those are the headlines out of a deal made Sunday in which the Baltimore Ravens sent a fifth round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft to Tampa Bay for center Jeremy Zuttah, an athletic but oftentimes inconsistent center, previously a third round pick from the 2008 draft.

Zuttah has two years remaining on a 4-year, $16 million deal he signed in 2012. He is scheduled to make $4.5 million this season, and part of the report is said the Ravens will re-work Zuttah's contract in some fashion, likely lowering his salary after two subpar seasons.

One aspect that may be appealing to the Ravens is Zuttah's movement in space. He has good lateral speed, which could make him a solid fit in the zone running scheme new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak is expected to be implementing in Baltimore.

This will join the Steelers in the AFC North, who are expected to do much of the same with the return of center Maurkice Pouncey and the addition of offensive line coach Mike Munchak.

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