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Jeremy Zuttah cut by 49ers five months after trade

In March, the San Francisco 49ers traded for offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah. He lasted less than five months with the team.

On Wednesday, the Niners cut Zuttah, the team announced. The team signed linebacker Sean Porter in a corresponding move.

"That was a tough decision," coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters Wednesday. "He's done a lot of good things in this league. We wanted to give him chance to go somewhere else."

The 49ers swapped sixth-round picks with the Baltimore Ravens for the rights to the 31-year-old center, moving down 12 spots for the five-month tryout. Zuttah had been working with the second- and third-team groups in training camp.

With the Ravens losing center John Urschel to retirement, it's conceivable Zuttah could return to the team with which he started 16 games and earned a Pro Bowl bid in 2016 -- if Ozzie Newsome can do some salary-cap maneuvering.

Niners incumbent Daniel Kilgore owns more athleticism for Kyle Shanahan's zone blocking scheme and sits atop the depth chart. Tim Barnes is an option as a backup.

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