Ravens bring back center Jeremy Zuttah, adding more depth, experience to offensive line

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Team's injury-riddled offensive line gets a new addition. Now where will he play?

Looking for more depth and experience on their injury-riddled offensive line, the Ravens brought back their starting center from the previous three seasons.

The Ravens announced Friday that they’ve signed Jeremy Zuttah to a two-year deal. Zuttah was let go by the San Francisco 49ers last week after the NFC West team swung a deal with the Ravens for him in March.

The deal is worth nearly $4 million in base salary and could be worth as much as $6 million in play-time incentives, according to the NFL Network.

What’s not immediately clear is whether the Ravens will pencil the 31-year-old in as the starting center or he’s being signed to provide depth along the interior of the offensive line. Ryan Jensen has been the starting center throughout training camp.

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In the last three weeks, the Ravens lost three of their top interior options as John Urschel surprisingly retired on the first day of training camp, rookie fourth-round pick Nico Siragusa sustained a season-ending knee injury and starting left guard Alex Lewis underwent season-ending shoulder surgery.

Zuttah, who also garnered interest from the Indianapolis Colts, started 41 games with the Ravens over the previous three seasons.

The Ravens had planned to release Zuttah but when word of their intentions leaked out, San Francisco agreed to send a 2017 sixth-round pick (No. 186 overall) to the Ravens for Zuttah and a later 2017 sixth-round selection (No. 198 overall). The Ravens used that pick to select Virginia Tech safety Chuck Clark.

To make room for Zuttah on the 90-man roster, the Ravens waived-injured wide receiver Kenny Bell who tore his hamstring early in camp.

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1) Ryan Mallett made a few more standout plays, but it’s still impossible to judge the offense with him at the helm.

Mallett finally showed the best version of himself on two straight third-down conversions in the second quarter, side-stepping pressure to hit Benjamin Watson over the middle and...

1) Ryan Mallett made a few more standout plays, but it’s still impossible to judge the offense with him at the helm.

Mallett finally showed the best version of himself on two straight third-down conversions in the second quarter, side-stepping pressure to hit Benjamin Watson over the middle and...

(Childs Walker)

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