The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are about to sign Jeremy Zuttah to a contract extension. The two parties have reportedly agreed to terms and are putting the finishing touches on a new contract. It's not clear what the terms of the agreement are.
Re-signing Zuttah gives the Bucs a valuable backup who can play multiple positions on the offensive line, and Zuttah could be the long-term starter at center if the team lets current starter Jeff Faine leave. If the Bucs do not cut Faine, Zuttah could still end up as the starter at left guard, although he's not as effective at that position.
Zuttah was originally a third-round draft pick for the Buccaneers in 2008, having played college football for now Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers. In his career, Zuttah has started 44 games, most of those starts coming at center or left guard. By re-signing Zuttah, the team has at a minimum re-signed some much-needed, quality depth along the offensive line.