49ers trade for potential starting center Jeremy Zuttah

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It was previously reported that the Ravens were going to release Zuttah, but they were able to get something in return instead. Baltimore will now have the 186th pick, and San Francisco will select 198th in April's draft. The Niners waived backup center Marcus Martin last week, leaving only converted defensive lineman Alex Balducci behind Kilgore on the depth chart.

The only other center now on the 49ers roster is Daniel Kilgore, who started 13 games last season before going on injured reserve with a leg injury.

Zuttah has started at center for Baltimore for the last three seasons and in 2016 he made the Pro Bowl as an alternate after the Pittsburgh Steelers' Maurkice Pouncey had to drop out because of injuries.

It is the second time Zuttah has been traded.

Zuttah, who started in all 16 games for the Ravens last season, was set to make a $3.5 million base salary in 2017. He finished the year graded by Pro Football Focus as the league's 14th best center.

Potential replacements already on the roster for the Ravens are John Urschel and Ryan Jensen. The other option the Ravens have is too fill these voids through the draft of free agency.

Zuttah played his first six seasons with Tampa Bay, playing both guard and center, after the Buccaneers selected him in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2008 draft.



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