ESPN reporter Field Yates is reporting that Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah has converted $1,628,824 of his 2015 base salary into a signing bonus. The move creates a little more than $1.2 million in cap space for the Ravens.
Source: Ravens converted $1,628,824 of C Jeremy Zuttah's remaining 2015 base salary into a signing bonus, creating $1,221,618 in cap space.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 13, 2015
Zuttah has not been the best center, but he certainly has been better than Gino Gradkowski, the previous player at the position for the Ravens. Zuttah was initially traded from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that sent a fifth-round pick to the Bucs. Upon his arrival in Baltimore, the Ravens awarded him a five-year, $18 million contract.
The move to create additional cap space could be due to the signing of Shareece Wright or it could be for a yet unannounced move that the Ravens are still in the process of making. With injuries in the secondary and at wide receiver, it would make sense if the Ravens were still going to make a splash, that the move would come from a playmaker at either cornerback or wide receiver. There have been rumors floating around for some time that the Ravens have been looking for trade partners and the additional $1.2 million in cap space could help if the Ravens were to add in a veteran that is on his way out with another team.