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Jeremy Zuttah passes Ravens physical, completing trade

Baltimore RavensTampa Bay BuccaneersJeremy ZuttahNFLDarian Stewart

Newly acquired Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah has passed his physical and his trade from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is now finalized, the team announced.

Zuttah joined the Ravens in exchange for a 2015 fifth-round draft pick.

The 6-foot-4, 308-pounder is the Ravens' new starting center, replacing Gino Gradkowski.

The Ravens are also reworking Zuttah's original four-year, $17.09 million contract to make it more salary-cap friendly than the original $4.5 million and $4.25 million salary-cap figures for 2014 and 2015, according to sources.

The Ravens are currently $4.176 million under the NFL salary cap of $133 million, with 59 contracts accounting for $126.284 million. That includes trading for Zuttah's old deal and signing safety Darian Stewart to a one-year, $1.3 million contract that includes a $1 million nonguaranteed base salary and a $300,000 signing bonus.

“This can be an outstanding change for me,” Zuttah told The Baltimore Sun on Sunday after the trade was completed. “It will be a great new start. I just want to win a championship. The Baltimore Ravens, just saying the name, it holds weight. When you say the team name, they have a very positive image and a great reputation. I'm very excited.”

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