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Ravens Trade C Jeremy Zuttah To 49ers Instead Of Releasing Him

The Baltimore Ravens announced Wednesday that they’ve traded veteran C Jeremy Zuttah and their 2017 sixth-round pick (No. 198) to the 49ers in return for San Francisco’s sixth-round pick (No. 186).

This is another example of a team leaking they’re going to release a player and waiting for a trade to surface before the move is officially processed.

Zuttah, 30, is a former third-round pick of the Buccaneers back in 2008. He spent six seasons in Tampa Bay before he was traded to the Ravens in 2014 for a fifth-round pick that eventually became WR Kenny Bell.

Zuttah was in the third year of his five-year, $18 million contract that included $6.5 million guaranteed and set to make a base salary of $3.5 million for the 2016 season.

According to OverTheCap.com, trading Zuttah will free up $2,392,794 of available cap space for the Ravens while creating $2,214,412 in dead money.

In 2016, Zuttah appeared in all 16 games for the Ravens and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 13 center out of 38 qualifying players.