The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Baltimore Ravens are working on a trade for Jeremy Zuttah, the Baltimore Sun reports. The report did not state any indication of compensation in exchange for the versatile center. The Bucs are likely asking for some draft picks, given the fact that they lack fourth- and sixth-round picks.
Trading Jeremy Zuttah would save the Tampa Bay Buccaneers some $4.5 million in salary cap space, but there's little they could invest that money in at the moment. The one expensive player on the market would be DeSean Jackson, who's available via trade and may be available on the open market if the Philadelphia Eagles release him. Jackson has ties to offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, who coached him in college, but wouldn't make much fiscal sense for the Bucs.
If Zuttah were indeed to be traded, that would leave the Buccaneers with few reliable interior offensive linemen. Newly signed Evan Dietrich-Smith can play both center and guard, but left guard Carl Nicks' future in the NFL is still in doubt due to a persistent toe injury, while journeyman Jamon Meredith is hardly a quality starter. In fact, if Nicks would be unable to play, the Bucs would be forced to start Oniel Cousins -- dubbed the "worst offensive guard I've ever seen" by Chris Pokorny.