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Ravens negotiations with C Jeremy Zuttah ‘heating up’

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More Ravens offensive line news coming in after the season-ending injury to LG Alex Lewis.

As per Baltimore Sun Columnist, Mike Preston, the Ravens are in negotiations with former Ravens Center, Jeremy Zuttah:

A good pick-up, but only for the right price.

The Ravens are tight against the cap, and with Zuttah being cut only five months after being traded away from the Ravens, he’ll need to settle for some low-dollar money to sign with Baltimore.

The acquisition could help the Ravens on many levels.

First, Zuttah knows the system. While the blocking scheme is different, with Greg Roman incorporating new schemes to the fold, Zuttah played with the Ravens last season. He was here for Marty Mornhinweg’s offense, and he’ll understand the overall picture.

Also, this gets Jensen back into the guard role. While Ryan Jensen has played well at center, he’s a big-mauler, which is necessary for the downhill scheme.

Finally, he’s cheaper than other options. Yes, we all want Nick Mangold, but he hasn’t signed with any team for a reason. He’s either asking for too much, or his injuries have taken a toll. Either way, there’s a reason the Ravens haven’t been in serious discussions with Nick.

Zuttah can come in, know the offense, get re-configured and rolling. This is a good move if completed by Ozzie Newsome and the front office.