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Monday, March 31, 2014
How Jeremy Zuttah's contract stacks up

By Jamison Hensley

The Baltimore Ravens signed recently acquired center Jeremy Zuttah to a five-year, $18 million deal, according to ESPN Stats & Information. It includes a $3.5 million signing bonus.

By reaching a new deal, the Ravens reduced Zuttah's 2014 salary cap number from $4.5 million to $1.7 million.

This is how Zuttah's deal stacks up:
Zuttah will earn $1 million in base salary in the first year of his deal. His base salary increases to $3 million in 2015, which raises his cap number to $3.7 million. Zuttah's cap number is $4.2 million in the final three years of the deal (2016, 2017 and 2018).

Basically, the Ravens are married to Zuttah the first two years of the deal. They won't get any cap savings by cutting him until after the 2015 season.

The Ravens traded a 2015 fifth-round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Zuttah, who is replacing Gino Gradkowski as the Ravens' starting center.