OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens have signed center Jeremy Zuttah, who returns to the team that traded him to San Francisco in March.
Zuttah started every game last year and made the Pro Bowl as an alternate. He was dealt to the 49ers so Baltimore could save salary-cap space and move up 12 spots in the sixth round of the NFL draft.
Zuttah was released by San Francisco last week, and the Ravens signed him Friday to join a depleted offensive line in dire need of a veteran presence in the middle.
The Ravens were counting on John Urschel to play center this season, but he abruptly retired in late July. Ryan Jensen has been playing center, but he could move to guard to replace Alex Lewis, who is out for the season with a shoulder injury.
The 31-year-old Zuttah started 41 games in Baltimore over the past three years.
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