Zuttah Trade Was A Win-Later MoveMarch 23rd, 2014
The Lovie Smith regime has shown plenty of win-now urgency in its offseason moves, but today’s trade of Jeremy Zuttah wasn’t one of them.
The Bucs’ offensive line looks a bit flmsy now, losing a very durable, versatile and still young member.
The fact Zuttah, 27, pulled a 2015 fifth-round pick from a strong organization like Baltimore should tell you that his game film looked decent. Baltimore takes on Zuttah’s $4 million salary for this season.
The last Buccaneer link to the Chucky years, Zuttah performed well as a right-guard, rookie starter in 2008. He was a stout center in 2010, when the Bucs’ running game was punishing in the second half of the season. He got the job done at center and left guard for the 2012 Bucs, which also racked up great numbers. He stayed healthy.
Offensive linemen like Zuttah don’t grow on trees. As of this typing, the Bucs are thin on their O-line. There’s no way to sugarcoat it.
Joe sees this as a pure win-later move by the regime. We haven’t seen too many of those.