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Niners acquire Jeremy Zuttah in trade with Ravens

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."

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