Four-Year Deal For Zuttah

March 5th, 2012

It’ll be interesting to see how much the Bucs shelled out to keep Jeremy Zuttah on his new four-year contract.

The Bucs made Zuttah’s new deal official today, locking up the guy who can play any position on the offensive line and has proven to be a legitimate starter at guard and center. No numbers have surfaced online as of yet.

Joe suspects Zuttah was paid mid-level starter money,  handsomely in the neighborhood of $10 million guaranteed and $4.5 million per season. Otherwise why would Zuttah sign before hitting the market?

Young guys with Zuttah’s versatility, ability and character are not a dime a dozen. Jeremy Trueblood, of all people, signed a two-year $10 million deal after the lockout.

Now go get Carl Nicks, move Zuttah to center, and find a young right tackle in this O-linemen deep draft to push Trueblood and eventually replace him.

14 Responses to “Four-Year Deal For Zuttah”

  1. Meh Says:

    Now go get Carl Nicks, move Zuttah to center, and find a young right tackle in this O-linemen deep draft to push Trueblood and eventually replace him.

    Hilarious after the last post defending Faine and Trueblood.

    Get real, Meh. “Hating” players, which the last post was about, has nothing to do with building the team wisely. –Joe

  2. jvato24 Says:

    Schianos first signing is a Rutgers Boy. This was a need and now allows to be more flexible which is what FA is all about, Flexibility on draft day.

  3. jfgobucs Says:

    Step 1

  4. Meh Says:

    lol, Joe.

  5. KWBUCFAN Says:

    I wonder what the Great Ron & Ian think about this?

  6. stevek Says:

    Ian says “NO WAY”, we need the 2 weak links (Trueblood and Faine), and “Why sign a top notch FA OL, when we need to sign Hines Ward”.

    Gotta be kidding me!

  7. jvato24 Says:

    Why no love for Ben Grubbs ??

  8. thibs5599 Says:

    Now your talking JOE woooooo

  9. 941Buc Says:

    I would take Grubbs or Nicks and be ecstatic. However if we can only sign one or two high end free agents. CB and WE are bigger needs.

  10. Have A Nice Day Says:

    Wonderful move. So far so good!

  11. Big Picture Guy Says:

    Or just draft a RT in the 3rd, round or later and just replace Trueblood….

    Zuttah is like the Ben Zobrist of the OL. Ian did make a fair point this morning that having a backup who can play any position allows the Bucs to only cary 7 lineman a game. If you start him, now you need another backup, bc if he goes down, you have to have a guard and a center.

    Faine always misses games, and Davin missed a few as well. There will be plenty of snaps to go around. I can live with Faine, I could live without Trueblood. Sign someone in FA if u want, but having Zuttah as a super-backup probably is worth the starter money for a guy who can backup any position and start 6-10 games a year.

  12. Big Marlon B Says:

    @ Big Picture Guy

    having the flexibility to have an extra roster spot open for another position is nice, but if Zuttah is the best player, he will play. its ridiculous to suggest that just because of his positional versatility that he wont start. if u think the coaching staff will start someone less capable just to free up a roster spot for another position, ur out of ur mind….especially when they have stated several times that keeping Freeman healthy is one of the main objectives. if the coaches determine he is the best LG or C or even RT, he will play. u play your best players, end of story.

  13. Capt.Tim Says:

    Anyone hear the dollar amount? Kind of surprising!

  14. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Big Marlon B
    Not rediculous…smart. Zuttah is not long term starting material. The coaches will not decide he is the best at center…because he isn’t.