Report: Bucs, Jeremy Zuttah could reach a deal soon

With roughly $67 million in available salary cap room, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have to get spending at some point and they’re on their way.

According to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, the club is engaged with negotiations to re-sign left guard Jeremy Zuttah. Interestingly, Zuttah was a third-round pick of the Bucs in 2008 from Rutgers where he played for new Tampa coach Greg Schiano.

Agent Noel LaMontagne told Cummings there is a good chance Zuttah will not reach the open market on March 13.

The team wants the player and the player wants the team,” LaMontagne said. “That's the most important progress you can have. The rest just comes down to dollars and cents.

“It seems the conversation is pointed (toward a contract soon). It is definitely in the direction where both sides want to get something done, so it's just a matter of getting pen to paper and figuring out what makes the most sense for Jeremy.”

Zuttah is one of six starters from last year’s club that will be an unrestricted free agent and he’s probably the highest priority. He’s started 44 of the last 58 games and has shown the ability to play center. Cummings speculates that could ultimately be where Zuttah lands as an eventual replacement for Jeff Faine.

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