A few months ago, the Baltimore Ravens shipped center, Jeremy Zuttah, out of town in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers for a 2017 sixth-round draft pick. Zuttah spent three years, from 2014-2016 as the starting center for the Ravens, and was coming off two down years heading to the Bay Area.
Baltimore, meanwhile, were ready to move on from Zuttah with the likes of Ryan Jensen and John Urschel to compete for the starting center spot. Even at guard, the team had starter Alex Lewis, and also rookie, Nico Siragusa, for depth. Things seemed okay until Urschel retired, along with season-ending injuries to Lewis and Siragusa. Furthermore, Zuttah didn't last that long as a 49er, as he was released last week.
With the injuries to the teams offensive line and familiarity with Zuttah, reports circulated that the two sides were interested in a reunion. On Wednesday, the Baltimore Suns Mike Preston reports that Zuttah and the Ravens are getting closer to finalizing a deal.
Discussions with Ravens and former center Jeremy Zuttah have become more intense about Zuttah's return. Indy still in picture.— Mike Preston (@MikePrestonSun) August 16, 2017
Zuttah and Ravens are close to deal— Mike Preston (@MikePrestonSun) August 16, 2017
If the deal is done, this won't be a popular move amongst Ravens fans and it certainly isn't a good move in terms of winning football games. Zuttah has struggled mightily the last two seasons, and it's not a good sign that San Francisco cut him just a week ago; Jeremy didn’t even making it to the regular season. The Ravens, however, are desperate for offensive line help after retirement and injuries to three key players. The team is making a desperate call for help to a player who was just a Raven a few months ago.