Niners acquire Jeremy Zuttah in trade with Ravens

  • By Max Meyer
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John Lynch continues to make moves in his first offseason as 49ers general manager.

The Ravens agreed to trade center Jeremy Zuttah to San Francisco in a deal featuring a swap of sixth-round picks. Baltimore is sending its No. 198 pick and receiving No. 186, moving up a grand total of 12 spots.

Zuttah started all 41 regular-season games he played in with the Ravens over the past three seasons after spending the first six years of his career with the Buccaneers. He was named a Pro Bowl alternate this past campaign.

The veteran center is signed through the 2018 season. The Ravens could have saved $5.8 million in cap space over the next two years had they released Zuttah, but instead found a willing trade partner.

In an offseason filled with stockpiling a barren roster, Zuttah is the latest move in Lynch's action-packed March. Daniel Kilgore, who started 13 games at center in 2016, is still on the roster, however. But the 49ers think this could end up being a positive.

"Kyle (Shanahan) and I are firm believers that competition brings out the best in everyone," Lynch said in a media release. "We also believe that you can never have enough good offensive linemen, and Jeremy has certainly proven to be a very talented player having earned a Pro Bowl selection last season."