The Lovie Smith-Jeff Tedford new look Bucs offense line will be without another veteran in 2014 as it was announced on Sunday afternoon starting center Jeremy Zuttah has been traded to the Baltimore Ravens.
Reports say the Buccaneers will receiver a fifth round pick in the 2015 NFL draft from the Ravens.
Over the last three weeks Tampa Bay has released guard Davin Joseph and Donald Penn, freeing up approximately $13 million and now have parted ways with Zuttah, which frees up another $4 million.
Tampa Bay has turned some of the money into replacements with the signing of former Bengals offensive tackle Anthony Collins and former Packer Evan Dietrich Smith.
Tampa Bay re-signed Jamon Meredith and could have him pegged as a possible replacement at guard, and also added former Browns guard Oniel Cousins who will compete for a starting spot. The Bucs are still holding out hope that Carl Nicks will be recovered enough from a toe injury that required a second surgery due to a MRSA infection last fall to be able to contribute this season.
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