Other Teams Could Pounce if Pitta Hits Market

Dennis Pitta

Potential suitors for tight end Dennis Pitta will be prepared to pounce if the Ravens and Pitta cannot reach agreement on a new contract. The Falcons, the Packers, and the Patriots are three teams that could be nice fits for Pitta if he ever hits the free agent market March 11.

The Ravens hope that never happens. They are trying to sign Pitta to a long-term deal before the March 3 deadline to use the franchise tag.

However, using the franchise tag on Pitta is complicated. He may challenge his designation as a tight end, saying he should be classified as a wide receiver because he frequently lines up in the slot. The franchise tag number for wide receivers will be at least $11.5 million, compared to $6.9 million for tight ends.

If the Ravens neither franchise Pitta, nor sign him to a new deal, he should have no shortage of options.

The Falcons have lost future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez, who has retired and taken a television job with CBS. Pitta in the middle of an offense that include wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones, catching passes from Matt Ryan, would be a nice look.

The Packers are uncertain about the future of Jermichael Finley, after a serious neck injury last season. While Finley hopes to play again, Pitta would be insurance and give the Packers another weapon even if Finley returns 100 percent.

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5 Raves on “Other Teams Could Pounce if Pitta Hits Market

  1. Cheri on said:

    Cliffy my friend you mentioned the same 3 teams who jumped out at me the Pats, the Pack and the dirty birds of ATL..I think he and and Graham will lose that wr designation that they are trying to get and will have to settle for the 6.9.. At that rate he would be worth the franchise tag on a one year make do and let’s revisit this a year from now kind of contract.

    • Tucker: M&T Sec 527 on said:

      He can be had for less than the franchise tag for TEs, which gives us more cap war chest for other Ravens FAs. No team w/ a Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers would worry about Pitta making catches, but he hasn’t played a full schedule since a serious hip injury, he’s already 29, and he doesn’t bring much blocking. I’d be surprised to see other teams price him far above whatever we offer him.

  2. Reading Comments on said:

    Solid, but way overrated by the media. Of course the Ravens are going to need a Tight End, but really? This guy jumps up in the air, and fractures his hip and misses half a year? That bothers me. They were already dumb giving Rice to much money, don’t make the same mistake twice.

  3. JN on said:

    You can’t assume every team that needs a TE will pounce on Pitta just like you can’t assume the Ravens will pounce on Eric Decker, just because we need a WR. All of those teams have a budget just like the Ravens do and I don’t see any of them pouncing on the opportunity to overpay a 29 y/o TE coming off of major injury and who has never made a pro-bowl. I can only see losing Pitta if some team is willing to overpay and I don’t know if I see that.

    • Mill on said:

      I agree. Pitta’s value is going to be higher in Baltimore. He is 29, coming off a serious injury and has had one good season to date. Pitta is not like Graham or Gronk, guys that set the league on fire from day one. He is a solid player. Anything over 5 million year and the Ravens should walk away.

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