The Ravens have already signed starting tight end Dennis Pitta for the long term, and it appears they are interested in bringing back tight end Ed Dickson as well.
Dickson, a free agent after his contract expired earlier this month, has been offered a deal from the Ravens, according to the Baltimore Sun. But Dickson, maligned by Ravens fans at times for inconsistent play, has also drawn other interest on the free agent market. He has been offered a deal by the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to the Sun, and has other teams interested as well.
Dickson, who turns 27 in July, was drafted by the Ravens in the third round in 2010, one round before they selected Pitta. But it’s Pitta who has emerged as the team’s top tight end, and he was rewarded with a new five-year, $32 million deal earlier this month.
Dickson made 25 catches for 273 yards and one touchdown this past season, starting most of the season while Pitta was sidelined with a hip injury. But Dickson was inconsistent, particularly as a pass catcher, and never became the go-to receiver for Joe Flacco that a healthy Pitta is.
Dickson set career highs in 2011 with 54 catches for 528 yards and five touchdowns, but never came close to matching that production in the past two years.
Despite signing Pitta, the Ravens still have a glaring need for another tight end.