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Report: Dennis Pitta drawing interest from other teams

Ravens Pitta catches a touchdown pass in front of 49ers Whitner and Willis in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans AP

The Ravens gave tight end Dennis Pitta a second-round tender before the start of free agency, which will force teams that want to sign Pitta to fork over a second-round pick for the right to do it.

We’ll see if anyone is willing to buck recent trends and actually make an attempt to sign a restricted free agent, but Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that Pitta has been the subject of “preliminary inquiries” from other teams. If a team were going to make a serious run at signing Pitta away from the Ravens, now would probably be the time to do it since they are waiting for Anquan Boldin to take his physical with the 49ers and therefore still have his salary on the books.

Absent any guns more smoking than this one, though, we’ll go on assuming that Pitta is going to remain in Baltimore and work on getting a contract that will run for several years and pay him more than the $2.023 million he’d get for signing the tender. The combination of a new deal (structured in a way that the Ravens won’t match) and a draft pick is more than teams have been willing to do and we’ll believe that’s changed only when we actually see it happen.

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  1. flash1283 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:05 AM

    That would be great, another player gone.
    Jump Ball Joe, and a team full of nobody’s.

  2. jam11163 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:07 AM

    if im pitta. i want out of dodge now.

  3. killerstiller says: Mar 15, 2013 11:09 AM

    Steelers need to sign this guy. We need to draft a good tight end in the 2-3 round. He’s a known entity. Heath will probably start on the PUP list. AND…it will hurt the Ravens even more.

  4. goldrush36 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:10 AM

    Lol wow wow poor Flacco. I feel bad for him. Ok I lied no I don’t… but at least he is rich

  5. bettis3636 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:11 AM

    Sing it with me…. ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST!! HAHAHA

  6. haterade999 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:11 AM

    Nope.

  7. forty9erled says: Mar 15, 2013 11:12 AM

    Shame the 9ers are running out of cap space. Pitta would be an interesting replacement for Delanie.

  8. psuravens19 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:12 AM

    No way Pitta is going anywhere… this guy is a stud and the Ravens know it. Besides the Boldin trade, any smart football fan will notice they are only cutting bait with the Defense.

  9. parms684 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:13 AM

    NOOOO he’s my second favorite Raven :(

  10. wakaflockaflacco says: Mar 15, 2013 11:16 AM

    Pitta is a very good player just entering his prime, Oz is 3 steps ahead of EVERYONE. This is why he was dumping contracts. I’m sure the Ravens will be locking up Pitta very soon.

  11. yellowbluewhogotaclue says: Mar 15, 2013 11:16 AM

    maybe we see some emotion out of flacco if the birds let him go

  12. ranoversquarells says: Mar 15, 2013 11:20 AM

    Patriots …

    Just cause …

  13. uwsptke says: Mar 15, 2013 11:21 AM

    Probably would never happen, but it would make a ton of sense for Green Bay to give up their late 2nd rounder for Pitta, and cut Finley and his $8.5 mil salary. You could probably get Pitta & Jennings for a little over $10 mil a year, so not much more than just Finley is costing right now.

    Ravens cap situation leaves them vulnerable, and would be very easy to structure a deal that Ozzie just can’t match.

  14. suite34 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:22 AM

    Goddell is a genius for focusing everyone’s attention on player’s safety when the real issue is collusion among the owners to keep free agent salaries down and not sign each other’s RFAs to offer sheets.

    Both the Vikings and the Texans have glaring needs at WR and Victor Cruz was assigned a first round tender. It would cost a late first round pick to acquire one of the best young slot receivers in the game (can you imagine Andre Johnson and Cruz together?) Even if the Giants match the offer, the Giants would probably have to release some players to get under the cap, thus making them weaker.

    You don’t see reports about collusion because all the talk is about concussions and rule changes. Bravo, Goddell, you’ve done it again.

  15. Steeley McBeam says: Mar 15, 2013 11:23 AM

    Alright Ravens fans lets hear it right now– do you want Pitta to stay “because hes a stud” or are you fine with him leaving because “Oz always has a plan”?

    And no changing your mind!

  16. krispyone says: Mar 15, 2013 11:24 AM

    That would be the icing on the cake if Pita left, and for an added bonus I think that it will make Ravenator have a breakdown!!!

  17. 8drinkminimum says: Mar 15, 2013 11:26 AM

    Come on Miami. We have two second rounders and you only need one of those and some creative contract language to get this done.

    Do it!

  18. jstreet1985 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:26 AM

    RAVENS BETTER PAY DA MAN!!

  19. dkoulatsos says: Mar 15, 2013 11:27 AM

    It’s funny how the other teams’ fans laugh at us every March, yet we’ve had the last laugh more often than not. Guess we should be flattered by the attention. 5 straight playoff appearances, 3 AFC championship games in those 5 years, 1 Super Bowl ring. Keep laughing, keep throwing rocks. #GoRavens.

  20. selbyrj82 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:28 AM

    this is starting to become a joke. they’re turning into the Florida Marlins in the winters of 98 & 04.

  21. jetrainer says: Mar 15, 2013 11:32 AM

    I think Dennis Pitta is the best deal out there! I wish the dolphins would pick him up. Seven touch downs last year in regular season and 3 more in the play offs. Miami has two second round draft picks. The guy is 28 and totally healthy. Who are we going to draft that’s better than him?! If you already have weapons at wide receiver and backs, Pitta is money in the bank. No risk.

  22. blackngold4life says: Mar 15, 2013 11:33 AM

    Noway we give up a 2nd round pick for a tight end..and they sure not gona draft one in 2nd or 3rd round..NO WAY! if he was Unrestricted I’d say go for it and get rid of Pope. Pitta & Miller would be a nice combo.

  23. jeffa43 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:36 AM

    Where is Raventator ?

  24. skeebo80 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:38 AM

    No way Pitta is going anywhere… this guy is a stud and the Ravens know it. Besides the Boldin trade, any smart football fan will notice they are only cutting bait with the Defense.

    No way huh? Isn’t that what y’all said about Ellerbe? c’mon say it with me…… REBUILD

  25. ItIsWhatitis says: Mar 15, 2013 11:48 AM

    Miami just signed Keller (Ha!) so they wont be going after Pitta. Would love to see him go somewhere like AZ.

  26. 8drinkminimum says: Mar 15, 2013 11:49 AM

    Well the Dolphins just signed Keller so no longer a possible team to make a run at Pitta.

  27. ottograham says: Mar 15, 2013 11:51 AM

    He is not going anywhere, but Ravens fans need to focus on this season. Quit spewing how you have finished the last 5 seasons. You guys are successful we get it.

  28. blackngold4life says: Mar 15, 2013 12:00 PM

    ↑ Some team that has picks & will pay him more then a Measly $2.8m will get him..

  29. inozziewetrust says: Mar 15, 2013 12:00 PM

    The Ravens can always cut their FB who makes $4.5 million — which I think is twice as much as any other FB in the league — and use that money to match a front-loaded offer for Pitta. I’m surprised they haven’t done that already.

  30. overratedsteelerhater says: Mar 15, 2013 12:01 PM

    this one is not going anywhere
    bank on it…..

  31. broncosnative says: Mar 15, 2013 12:05 PM

    Will we be able to name players on the ravens roster beside joe, rice and smith? I keep hearing that Joel’s cap this year is only 6 million but yet they’re losing players left and right. They’re probably pissed because he got more credit and rewarded for the SB win than they did.

  32. scoobies05 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:05 PM

    i will play along steeley. i dont think losing pitta is part of any plan and i would be very upset if he leaves. however none of this has to do with joe’s 6.8 mil 2013 cap hit. we knew kruger was gone. miami paid a lot for ellerbe. boldin was valued at 4 mil..not 6. pollard is a bit of a mystery. i have faith in ozzie and the plan. 10 to 12 draft picks and lots of vets looking to be signed below value. but pitta…that would hurt

  33. enoughofthatalready says: Mar 15, 2013 12:08 PM

    I like the references of how the last 5 years went. Remember it took the Ravens / Flacco / Harbaugh 5 years to finally get to the Super Bowl and win it.

    Also remember that Roethlisberger won his 1st Super Bowl in his second season and won his 2nd Super Bowl in his 5th season plus he had a 13-0 regular season record in his rookie season while getting to the AFC Championship game. Tomlin won the Super Bowl in his second season and got to his second Super Bowl in his fourth season.

  34. enoughofthatalready says: Mar 15, 2013 12:11 PM

    Pitta isn’t going to stay in Baltimore for the reason that he is a stud and the Ravens know it. What a dumb comment. He is going to stay because nobody is going to give up a second round draft pick on top of the $ that he well deserves. The Ravens may not have the $ to keep him if an offer comes in, unless they lose Reed and McKinnie first.

  35. mumfio says: Mar 15, 2013 12:15 PM

    8drinkminimum,
    While not likely, the Dolphins could sign Pitta and have a TE combo just like NE. The only thing is Pitta & Keller wouldn’t be as good as the NE combo.

  36. fukpittsburgh says: Mar 15, 2013 12:21 PM

    Jump ball Joe? Lol that’s just pathetic dude. Super Bowl Champs. And that’s ALL I have to say.

  37. kev86 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:23 PM

    I wouldnt give up a second rounder for an average TE with upside potential at the going rate ( i.e. Jared Cook)

  38. rockthered1286 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:31 PM

    Here’s the deal folks- if somebody wanted to pounce on Pitta? They would’ve done it already. The Ravens are still sitting on Q’s $7.5M cap hit right now, so they wouldn’t have the ability to match (most likely) until Q comes back from Africa, takes his physical and officially signs. Despite not having that money yet, the Ravens are still sitting on a solid$10-12M in cap room so it’s not like they are pinched. Furthermore, word in Baltimore is that they’re sitting on Leach- if an opportunity comes up to sign a player that requires opening up more space? They’ll cut him. If not? They’ll keep him. That’s an extra $4.3M if they need it. So no, nobody is going to swoop in, offer Pitta a 3-4 year contract at $10M per year that the Ravens cant match, along with tossing out a second round pick in a draft that has plenty of TE depth.

    And Squealer fans- I don’t know why you’re so obsessed with the Ravens “crumbling.” You know what the major difference is between our teams? We’re losing/cutting key players because we want to get younger and cheaper, while not overpaying (Kruger,Ellerbe and Cary all got overpaid). Pitt is cutting/losing players because they can’t afford anybody. Tell me folks, how much cap room does Pitt have? Yea… thought so.

  39. blackngold4life says: Mar 15, 2013 12:33 PM

    Raven fans acting like players just love that team and the City so much that no $ amount will draw them away..lol WRONG! those days are over..a player who don’t get extended is a discruntled player who wants out..Its a $ Driven league. Pitta will be on the next train outa Bmore if a team is willing to give up that 2nd rnd pick..and he will get paid elsewhere

  40. lemonhead7 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:39 PM

    It’s funny how the other teams’ fans laugh at us every March, yet we’ve had the last laugh more often than not. Guess we should be flattered by the attention. 5 straight playoff appearances, 3 AFC championship games in those 5 years, 1 Super Bowl ring. Keep laughing, keep throwing rocks. #GoRavens.

    ————————————————–
    While this may be true, I’m going to go out on a limb and say they will finish 3rd in the division behind Cincy and Pitt. Their reign is over for a while. Not going to win a Super Bowl with only a handful of good players.

  41. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 15, 2013 12:55 PM

    ravenator, I think Kellen Davis is still available.

  42. psuravens19 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:59 PM

    enoughofthatalready says:
    Mar 15, 2013 12:11 PM

    Pitta isn’t going to stay in Baltimore for the reason that he is a stud and the Ravens know it. What a dumb comment. He is going to stay because nobody is going to give up a second round draft pick on top of the $ that he well deserves. The Ravens may not have the $ to keep him if an offer comes in, unless they lose Reed and McKinnie first.

    _________________________

    1st – the reason for saying that, was because the Ravens aren’t going to let him walk; they would match whatever offer he gets.

    2nd – Reed and McKinnie are FA’s so I’m not really sure what money are you are talking about?

    3rd – I said any smart football fans, which obviously by your post shows you are not one.

  43. watermelon1 says: Mar 15, 2013 1:12 PM

    The Ravens pretty much already shot themselves in the foot and have given up on the upcoming season so there isn’t as much if a need for teams to try and weaken them further and lose their own draft picks.

    If the ravens had not let go half their talent, I would say teams would already be giving up their second and trying to land pitta. But just like Rice’s early years… Pitta is only getting the stats because that’s the first person flacco looks to on half his drop-backs.

  44. ravenator says: Mar 15, 2013 1:25 PM

    Pitta stays – hate on haters.

  45. tsizzlesucks says: Mar 15, 2013 1:53 PM

    You’re all wrong! Ozzie is gonna play tight end. Gotta save some money to make sure Flacco get’s his! See all you Raven fans in the next decade…the Browns and Chiefs and Raiders will be relevant before you are again! Go Joe…ONE AND DONE!!!

  46. dkoulatsos says: Mar 15, 2013 2:06 PM

    Like I said, keep throwing rocks. A third place finish in our division? Really, you can predict that in March??? Before free agency ends, before the draft? Organizationally speaking, the AFC North is still a two horse race. Cincinnati is a poor organization. Sure, the spike up once in a while, but please wake me up when Marvin Lewis actually wins a playoff game. And Cleveland, I guess it’s ok to keep hoping. But giving $41 mil to a one trick pony with 6 career starts, doesn’t exactly give me confidence that the Brownies are heading in the right direction.

    We lose players every year – it’s a “condition” of drafting well:). And with our front office, we don’t “rebuild”, we “reload”. That is why our playoff windows don’t close.

    I can’t wait to see who Ozzie brings in with 12 picks is year. Last year he brought us Upshaw, Osemele, and Pierce. And he got a gem in Justin Tucker as an UDFA! We also get Webby back at corner, and a healthy Suggs.

  47. paulsaddy says: Mar 15, 2013 2:43 PM

    Wow! Ravens getting shredded, patriots lost two of Brady’s go to guys this week, and the Broncos beefing up big time. Anybody else want in on this? Houston? Indy?

  48. dickson29 says: Mar 15, 2013 3:17 PM

    and…….Down go the RAVENS!

  49. lovefootball4life says: Mar 15, 2013 5:46 PM

    Here’s something to think if you doubt the Oz. Gronk and Pitta were drafted the same year. Gronk in the second round, Pitta in the 4th. The tender for Pitta is a second round plus his salary. This means he’s valued A LOT higher than drafted…into Gronk territory.

    Now I still think Gronk is a beast with no comparison but if another team thinks Pitta is worth the asking price they are essentially saying he’s worth what people thought Gronk was worth in the 2010 draft. And that is two rounds higher than Oz got him.

    Keep Pitta in B-more!

  50. rublestiltzkin says: Mar 16, 2013 8:37 AM

    Lol. The ONLY reason the Ravens have sustained playoff status throughout the last ten to fifteen years is because they were smart enough to draft ray lewis and keep a hold of him. He makes everyone better exponentially. See : 1999 Ravens roster

  51. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Mar 16, 2013 8:37 AM

    As a steelers fan it’s my duty to dislike the ravens and as much i would love to see them fall apart i want to caution my fellow steeler fans lets not be to quick to be throwing dirt on these guys just yet they still have good group of core players and some good young talent to mix in.

  52. scoobies05 says: Mar 16, 2013 11:18 AM

    wow watermelon. couldnt be more wrong if you tried. getting younger while still keeping your nucleus in tact is not giving up. its getting better. ravens will be just fine

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