The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Monday that they have re-signed their versatile offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah to a four-year contract. Terms were not disclosed, according to the team.
Zuttah will be reunited with his college coach from Rutgers University, Greg Schiano. Schiano became the Buccaneers’ new head coach this offseason.
The five-year veteran from New Jersey has played in 58 regular season games with 44 starts. The versatility of Zuttah is unquestioned as he has made starts at both guard positions (five at the right and 30 at the left). Zuttah held down the center position nine times.
“Mark (Dominik) and I agreed keeping Jeremy on our football team was one of our priorities this offseason. He is a young, talented player, who we both know very well. We are pleased we could get this deal done and secure Jeremy for years to come,” said Schiano, according to the team’s press release.
Zuttah was a third-round selection (83rd overall) of the Buccaneers in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Other than being happy about his re-signing with the Bucs, Zuttah is thrilled to work alongside his old college coach once again.
“Not only am I happy to remain a Buccaneer, but also to be back playing for Coach Schiano,” said Zuttah. “I couldn’t be more thrilled about this opportunity.”
During Zuttah’s rookie season, as he spearheaded the offensive line for the Bucs, the team recorded the most total yards with 5,456 and the second-most total points with 361 in team history. That same year, he was also part of a unit that allowed 97 consecutive passing attempts without giving up a sack, the third-longest streak in franchise history.
In 2010, the team recorded the best average gain-per-play with 5.61, best average rush-per-play with 4.64 and best average pass play with 7.21.
Despite the Bucs’ unexpected poor last season, Zuttah continued to shine after starting in 14 of the 15 games he played, helping the team to record the fourth-best average gain-per-play with 5.29 and third-best average rush-per-play with 4.21.
Zuttah has become a staple for the Bucs’ organization as he helped made the Bucs’ rushing attack formidable. Due to Zuttah’s arrival, the Bucs registered two of its top 10 seasons in total rushing yards during his four seasons as a pro.