The Baltimore Ravens have acquired center Tony Bergstrom from the Arizona Cardinals for a seventh-round pick, and in a corresponding move, released center Jeremy Zuttah.
The Baltimore Ravens are Bergstrom’s fourth team in four seasons. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders out of the University of Utah in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Despite having played tackle for his entire career at Utah, he was drafted by the Raiders as a guard, and eventually became a center.
The Raiders released Bergstrom after the 2015 season and he signed with the Houston Texans for the 2016 season. He then signed with the Cardinals back in May of this year.
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Bergstrom is 31 years old and has only started four games in his entire career, however he played in 15 games last year and 16 games the year before.
Bergstrom’s strength is his quickness, which translates relatively well in zone blocking, however it hasn’t necessarily translated into sustained success throughout his NFL career.
As for Jeremy Zuttah, the Ravens signed him just over a week ago but now the former Pro Bowler will be off to find a new home.
Zuttah played for the Ravens from 2014-2016 before being traded to the San Francisco 49ers along with their 2017 sixth-round pick for the 49ers 2017 sixth-round pick. Zuttah was released by the 49ers on August 9th. Zuttah started all 16 games for the Baltimore Ravens last season and earned his first Pro Bowl nomination.
Zuttah went to college at Rutgers University and played alongside former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. While at Rutgers, Zuttah earned two first-team All-Big East nominations in 2006 and 2007.
Zuttah was drafted in the third round of the 2008 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and played for them from 2008 to 2013. In March of 2014, the Buccaneers traded Zuttah to the Baltimore Ravens for the Ravens’ fifth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
The move seems to be a money saver, as Bergstrom’s contract has just one year and $775,000 on it, compared to the two-year, $4M deal that the Ravens signed Zuttah to just over a week ago. Bergstrom will likely end up being the Ravens starting center now that Zuttah has been released.