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Pitta, Ravens could be headed for franchise tag fight

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The question of whether Jimmy Graham will be viewed as a tight end or a wide receiver if the Saints apply the franchise tag to him has received a lot of attention in recent weeks. Less attention has been paid to the fact that Dennis Pitta and the Ravens could be headed toward a fight on the same front.

We noted last week when looking at all of the potential franchise players in the NFL that the Ravens risk an argument that Pitta is actually a receiver, driving his tender up by about $4.8 million. And now the Baltimore Sun is reporting that the uncertainty over whether Pitta will be considered a tight end or a wide receiver is complicating the Ravens’ evaluation of whether to use the franchise tag on him.

Pitta is listed as a tight end, but he often lines up as a slot receiver. If the Ravens franchise him as a tight end, they will only have to guarantee him a salary of $6.8 million in 2014. But if they franchise him as a wide receiver, they will have to guarantee him a salary of $11.6 million. Ultimately, if the Ravens try to franchise Pitta as a tight end and Pitta fights it, an arbitrator would have to watch every snap Pitta played in 2013 and decide whether he lined up as a tight end or a wide receiver more often.

An arbitrator will only get involved however, if Pitta and the Ravens fight over it. It’s also possible that they’ll agree on a long-term contract before the Ravens have to use the franchise tag. Or the Ravens could decide not to franchise Pitta. Or the Ravens and Pitta could agree to split the difference, which is what happened in 2008, when the Ravens argued that Terrell Suggs was a linebacker while Suggs argued that he was a defensive end. In that case the two sides eventually agreed — with the league office and the players’ union going along — to use the average of the two franchise tender amounts.

Often in cases like this, a compromise is the best option for both sides. But eventually it’s likely that a player and a team won’t be able to agree, and an arbitrator will have to decide. If that doesn’t happen with Graham and the Saints, it may happen with Pitta and the Ravens.

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  1. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 16, 2014 6:19 PM

    What does it matter?!?

    With flacco as the quarterback … pitta ain’t gonna get as many yards as many #2 tight ends and #4 receivers.

  2. hawksfan4life1001 says: Feb 16, 2014 6:19 PM

    I think you should get paid based on your position. What were you drafted or signed as? If you signed or were drafted as a TE then that’s how you should be paid. If you wanted to get paid as a receiver then you should have been a receiver to start with. Enough of this game of positions!

  3. thegronk87 says: Feb 16, 2014 6:20 PM

    “Ultimately, if the Ravens try to franchise Pitta as a tight end and Pitta fights it, an arbitrator would have to watch every snap Pitta played in 2013 and decide whether he lined up as a tight end or a wide receiver more often.”

    You mean all 3 of his snaps?

  4. tharoostah says: Feb 16, 2014 6:20 PM

    Pitta would not fight it one bit if they franchised him as TE. It would be by far the most he will ever make in a season. He will be 29 when the season starts and has never even had a 700+ yard season. He would be one of the least productive players ever to receive the franchise tag.

  5. mackcarrington says: Feb 16, 2014 6:23 PM

    What’s going to happen to the utility O-lineman who plays guard and tackle? These teams are opening up a can of worms they may end up regretting.

  6. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 16, 2014 6:27 PM

    Can’t wait to hear the spin on this mess from the raven spin master.
    Be careful, you need him more than he needs you.

  7. jakec4 says: Feb 16, 2014 6:28 PM

    If they get Suggs to restructure his contract they could just sign Pitta. The Ravens are always doing this. They did it with Chris McAlister back in the day, and recently did it with Suggs, Ngata, and Flacco. They wait until they can’t live without the player, the player goes out and lights it up, then he’s worth a lot more than what the Ravens could have signed for cheaper a year or two before.

  8. tharoostah says: Feb 16, 2014 6:28 PM

    He signed his second round tender worth 2 million last year, after his most productive season. Then in the 2014 season he played in 3 games. No way they would consider giving him a $9 million raise for last years production.

  9. bennyb82 says: Feb 16, 2014 6:30 PM

    I cannot wait to see an RB who throws a couple HB passes in a season to try and add some of the QB dollars to his tender.

  10. sfsaintsfan says: Feb 16, 2014 6:31 PM

    I know the CBA has language concerning where players lined up for the majority of snaps for the season in determining their position, but should’t somebody look at where the average TE lines up for the season. In the modern NFL their are two types of TE, the traditional blocking TE who lines up close to the OT and the pass catching TE, of which Pitta and Graham are both members of. I think an arbitrator should look at where a pass catching TE lines up as an average across the league and if Graham and Pitta are in that ball park, they should be considered TE’s for CBA and Franchise Tag numbers.

    No team would pay a traditional blocking TE franchise tag money, no way. The position has changed and pass catching TE’s now line away from the O-line, in the slot, inside of the outermost WR.

    And if you go to the Pro Bowl as a TE, you are a TE.

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 16, 2014 6:31 PM

    It’s almost like as if there is a problem with the system with having to go through this every season with a distracting debate on the issue.

  12. ubepunkedagain says: Feb 16, 2014 6:33 PM

    Get out while you can Pitta.

  13. theworkhorsebackdotcom says: Feb 16, 2014 6:34 PM

    It’s tough to judge a player just on the position he’s listed at. When you line up in the slot more than on the line you’re basically a TE in name only.

  14. bmorelady says: Feb 16, 2014 6:35 PM

    THE WIZARD OF OZ knows what he is doing and what he won’t do. He knows PITTA’s worth & will act accordingly. It’s that simple & we will know soon enough

  15. chawk12thman says: Feb 16, 2014 6:44 PM

    It is; what it is……If he lines up as a WR more plays than as a TE, then by the NFL/NFLP negotiated and agreed to contract, the determination, if franchised by the team says he is a WR. This would be an easy win for Pitta and Graham or anyone else that spends more plays as a WR other than TE.

    You can bet the NFL Team would argue the language is clear, if they lined up 51% of the time as a TE.

  16. ravens533 says: Feb 16, 2014 6:52 PM

    In the NFL it is not what you did for me. It is what will you be worth to me this year and maybe next year? In which case, under a new OC and with no real slot receiver on the roster, Pitta will be due some real money. Pay the man Ozzie. He is worth it.

  17. bennyb82 says: Feb 16, 2014 6:52 PM

    Maybe the TE position is just currently a tad underpaid…because the position has evolved. As more tight ends sign for bigger deals, won’t this raise the franchise tag amount?

  18. djshnooks says: Feb 16, 2014 6:54 PM

    This is getting absurd…he’s not even that good!

  19. The Steelers cast such an immense shadow over the league. There's no wonder why we are so widely envied. We are superior. We have six Lombardis. What do you have ☹? says: Feb 16, 2014 7:02 PM

    Wow, lol. Notice how the league’s most decorated franchise (Pittsburgh Steelers) doesn’t have to deal with matters like this. There is a reason why we are who we are and you are who you are.

    #six
    #catchup
    #nollisbetterthanlomardi
    #renamethetrophy

  20. casualcommenter says: Feb 16, 2014 7:14 PM

    “I think you should get paid based on your position what were you drafted or signed as? If you signed or were drafted as a TE then that’s how you should be paid.”

    What if a guy gets signed or drafted as a QB and gets converted to a wide receiver in NFL, which happens frequently?

    Should he get a $20 million franchise tag?

    Didn’t think so.

    That’s why how you’re used matters. People change positions.

  21. sdisme says: Feb 16, 2014 7:15 PM

    If an arbitrator watches snaps can we make it a NFLN show, like watching people deciding hanging chads in Florida?

    Seriously an arbitrator wouldn’t (shouldn’t) watch snaps. They would (should) stick to hearing arguments.

  22. floriofollies says: Feb 16, 2014 7:34 PM

    mackcarrington says: Feb 16, 2014 6:23 PM

    What’s going to happen to the utility O-lineman who plays guard and tackle? These teams are opening up a can of worms they may end up regretting.

    ————

    Actually, no can of worms to open there. All linemen get tagged the same. It’s really only at TE/WR where this would really be an issue.

  23. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 16, 2014 7:44 PM

    ozzie thinks pitta is worth about $120,000,000.

  24. amishninjas says: Feb 16, 2014 7:48 PM

    So the moral of this story is we should wait and see? Gotcha

  25. rmavs says: Feb 16, 2014 7:49 PM

    I will never understand all the venom pointed in Flacco’s direction from his very own fan base. Is there a Lombardi trophy in your building?? And, isn’t his arm one of the main reasons that trophy is there?

  26. vincentbojackson says: Feb 16, 2014 7:50 PM

    The Ravens again find themselves backed into a corner. They gave Flacco top 3 money at his position and he’s not even a top 10 talent. Now with Pitta, the Raven’s best case is he gets top 3 TE money via the franchise tag. That for a TE that was maybe a top 10 talent before his injury.

    The Raven’s hands are tied since there’s no other legit receiving option on the roster and Jacoby Jones is likely headed out of town.

  27. ravensterps says: Feb 16, 2014 7:51 PM

    Cut Pitta if he would fight over this. I wouldn’t want him on the team.

  28. thetooloftools says: Feb 16, 2014 7:56 PM

    After Flacco chewed up all that cap space through nothing but pure greed, I really don’t care what happens to The Dirty Birds.

  29. kissmytaintpatriotsrule says: Feb 16, 2014 7:59 PM

    People should do some research before commenting. Offensive line only has one tender amount. It doesn’t matter what position you play on the line. That’s exactly why you almost never see a gaurd or center get franchised.

  30. watermelon1 says: Feb 16, 2014 8:17 PM

    While the fight with Suggs was absolutely ridiculous because he is so obviously a defensive end…. This fight is worth trying to save some money.

    The only reason pitta is that valuable is because flacco can’t throw to anyone but him. You have a better QB back there and Pitta is instantly expendable.
    The problem Pitta has is… Flacco is not good enough to showcase enough of pitta’s talent to build up enough interest around the league. Ravens probably value him more than most other teams because he hasn’t been able to show very much to the league. Just a great game here and there.

  31. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 16, 2014 8:21 PM

    THE WIZARD OF OZ knows what he is doing and what he won’t do. He knows PITTA’s worth & will act accordingly. It’s that simple & we will know soon enough.

    The lemmings of Baltimore will follow Ozzie into the harbor for an 7-9 season chanting in Ozzie we must trust…yawn.

  32. djstat says: Feb 16, 2014 8:23 PM

    Why are only his 2013 snaps being looked at? Seeing as he was coming off injury, using him in the slot as opposed to on the line tight was for his safety.

  33. itsunclepauley says: Feb 16, 2014 8:24 PM

    @mackcarrington

    according to the franchise tag, “OL” is only one position, so it doesn’t matter whether you play guard, tackle, or center. That’s also the reason why OLs rarely get tagged, because the tag will pay like an elite left tackle (since the 5 highest paid OLs in the NFL are elite left tackles).

    What I’m wondering though, is since receivers get paid so much more than TEs, is why guys like Pitta and Graham don’t just call themselves WRs outright. Graham especially is little more than a “big slot receiver” who occasionally lines up in a three point stance next to the tackle.

    the NFL has pigeon holed these guys as “tight ends who happen to line up as receivers more often than as true tight ends.” Why don’t the players insist that instead they are “slot receivers who occasionally play some tight end.”

  34. The Steelers cast such an immense shadow over the league. There's no wonder why we are so widely envied. We are superior. We have six Lombardis. What do you have ☹? says: Feb 16, 2014 8:29 PM

    Wow, lol. Notice how the league’s most decorated franchise (Pittsburgh Steelers) doesn’t have to deal with matters like this. There is a reason why we are who we are and you are who you are.

    #six
    #catchup
    #nollisbetterthanlomardi
    #renamethetrophy

  35. brucealmty says: Feb 16, 2014 8:36 PM

    to further what bmorelady says…
    If Dennis is not satisfied with the Oz’s offer, he is free to take his talents to South Beach….or any other of the 31 available franchises.

  36. allhailkingflacco says: Feb 16, 2014 8:37 PM

    TE’s are fighting a losing battle and here’s why:

    1. They didn’t say to their respective teams “Hey wait, you drafted me as a TE and you got me lining up as a WR ? Either reclassify me or I’m holding out !”
    2. The teams have the backing of Goodell.
    3. The teams have the backing of Goodell.
    4. See 3 & 4 above.

    This will turn out to be a non issue once Goodell, I mean the arbitrator makes his ruling. If it even gets that far.

  37. 6thsense10 says: Feb 16, 2014 8:41 PM

    If the CBA specifies that a person’s position in terms of the franchise tag is based on where the player lines up than I’m not sure what all the belly aching is about. This is a CBA signed off by both the NFLPA and the owners. Besides the franchise tag should be eliminated anyways. It’s a system that isn’t fair to a player who has played out his contract in that all it does is prevent them from obtaining their true market value. Jimmy Graham on the open market would demand a guarantee above and beyond most wide receivers.

  38. rockthered1286 says: Feb 16, 2014 9:12 PM

    @rustbelt was the first to comment on a Ravens article and promptly bashes Flacco?? I’m shocked!! I do however thoroughly enjoy his reckless accusations blaming the entire offense on Flacco and ignore blatant facts like having the worst OL in the NFL last year or both RB’s playing through injury, or simply not having a TE til week 13 with only one true wideout in Smith all year. But no you’re right rusty- it’s ALL JOES FAULT!! The Ravens should just cut joe and bring in Tebow and Sanchize. Yanno, much better QB’s. Because Joe is single handily ruining this franchise. No actual he’s ruining the city of Baltimore. Thanks for your insight boss! Cheers!

  39. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Feb 16, 2014 9:36 PM

    mackcarrington says:
    Feb 16, 2014 6:23 PM
    What’s going to happen to the utility O-lineman who plays guard and tackle?

    Why would a team tag a utility lineman?

  40. bmorelady says: Feb 16, 2014 10:28 PM

    Hey nofoolnodrool, these lemmings have the WIZARD. WHO DO YOU HAVE??? We also have 2 Super Bowls so bite us

  41. bmorelady says: Feb 16, 2014 10:37 PM

    For all of you FLACCO haters who obviously don’t understand CAP SPACE, stop commenting because you’re embarrassing yourselves. FLACCO’s cap amount is MINIMAL compared to other players. DO YOUR RESEARCH. His cap amount for 2013 was $6.5 million, in 2014 it’s still under $7 million. It doesn’t go up until 2015 when he already said he’ll restructure…..

  42. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 16, 2014 10:54 PM

    The wizard of $120,000,000.

    LOL!!!

  43. ravensdominate says: Feb 17, 2014 12:02 AM

    Doctor rust belt and all the other haters, ill say this one more time… JOE FLACCO HAS ALREADY WON A SUPERBOWL. HE WILL WIN MORE AS WELL.

    Goodnight

    2 x World Champs.

  44. steelcurtainn says: Feb 17, 2014 12:59 AM

    Doesn’t really matter when you have flacco throwing to you.

  45. bgday91 says: Feb 17, 2014 1:45 AM

    Quote: “In the modern NFL their are two types of TE, the traditional blocking TE who lines up close to the OT and the pass catching TE, of which Pitta and Graham are both members of. I think an arbitrator should look at where a pass catching TE lines up as an average across the league and if Graham and Pitta are in that ball park, they should be considered TE’s for CBA and Franchise Tag numbers.

    No team would pay a traditional blocking TE franchise tag money, no way. The position has changed and pass catching TE’s now line away from the O-line, in the slot, inside of the outermost WR.”

    Not exactly correct. You would be pigeon holing a lot of tight ends by either blockers or receivers. What about a guy like Gronk who is equally good at both but lines up most of the time on the line as an inline blocker?

    Best way to break down the tag is to have it fall under categories:
    QB
    RB
    Receiver
    O-Line
    Interior D Line (DT and NT)
    Edge Players (DEs and OLBs)
    LB (MLB and ILBs)
    CB
    Safety
    Kicker/Punters

  46. factsneverlie says: Feb 17, 2014 1:57 AM

    bmorelady says:
    Feb 16, 2014 10:37 PM
    For all of you FLACCO haters who obviously don’t understand CAP SPACE, stop commenting because you’re embarrassing yourselves. FLACCO’s cap amount is MINIMAL compared to other players. DO YOUR RESEARCH. His cap amount for 2013 was $6.5 million, in 2014 it’s still under $7 million. It doesn’t go up until 2015 when he already said he’ll restructure…..

    Hey genius guess what…if his cap numbers are so low now…that ALSO means they are RIDICULOUS after this year…when BMore signs players to MULTIYEAR contracts they have to account for cap space not just now, but also then…so it’s STILL a problem. Will Flacco restructure? who knows. You can only kick the can down the road so far….and the going rate for a QB isn’t declining…

  47. factsneverlie says: Feb 17, 2014 2:03 AM

    brucealmty says:
    Feb 16, 2014 8:36 PM
    to further what bmorelady says…
    If Dennis is not satisfied with the Oz’s offer, he is free to take his talents to South Beach….or any other of the 31 available franchises.

    Yeah that would be great…too bad the whole point of the dumb franchise tag prevents him from doing just that…seeing his true MARKET value…where he would get more guaranteed money than the tag offers (if it weren’t true – no team would bother tagging players…they’d just let them become free agents, knowing they could sign them for less)…the tag is restrictive…and as soon as a player can’t play the club sends them packing…so in the rare case a player has leverage…I say use it…

  48. ampatsisahypocrite says: Feb 17, 2014 2:15 AM

    The sheer mediocrity of Joe Flacco is blinding.

  49. baltimoresnativeson says: Feb 17, 2014 2:27 AM

    I like Pitta but he is not a top 5 TE. He isn’t even worth a TE tag. Offer him a contract on par with the 8th best TE, if he doesn’t accept, wave bye.

    Ravens need a legit slot receiver, (golden Tate), a free safety, and a center.

  50. omeimontis says: Feb 17, 2014 3:23 AM

    They should just let him go as a free agent. Tight ends are not worth that much money.

  51. joeflaccospuremediocrity says: Feb 17, 2014 3:30 AM

    Ah if only I weren’t hogging all the cap money…

  52. tigerlilac says: Feb 17, 2014 4:53 AM

    I read posts like the above and shake my head at how fans envy players and want to see them treated as the property of a team and expect them to sheepishly accept any salary imposed on them by the team that owns their rights or the league. NFL players are gladiators that go to combat for a living. By and large, their nature is to fight, not just let someone else impose their will on them. After reading what Goodell makes everyone of these guys should push to make whatever they can. When Goodell and the owners put ceilings on what they make for the good of the community we can ask athletes to do the same.

  53. rockthered1286 says: Feb 17, 2014 6:13 AM

    @steelertrollwithcrazylongname
    You’re right. You don’t have these problems. Why? Because you vastly overpay players before the tag is an option and continue to restructure their contracts until they are so back heavy you can no longer afford them.

    By the way the Ravens currently have $12M in cap space (before the Suggs extension announced today which will open up a good bit more) while the Steelers are $12M OVER THE CAP. Quite frankly I’d rather have this issue with Pitta than choosing between cutting star players or simply staying stagnant. Hell you can’t even afford to pay your draft picks! Enjoy cap hell! Cheers!

  54. rockthered1286 says: Feb 17, 2014 6:17 AM

    @rustynuts
    I’d love to know which franchise you root for that is so leaps and bounds beyond the Ravens which makes you feel borderline entitled to just rip on them as of they were the Browns… I mean at least Steeler trolls have a reason to rip us- jealousy. Come on buddy spill it… Who is your team that is so much better than Baltimore??

  55. bucjordan says: Feb 17, 2014 8:39 AM

    “mackcarrington says: Feb 16, 2014 6:23 PM

    What’s going to happen to the utility O-lineman who plays guard and tackle? These teams are opening up a can of worms they may end up regretting.”

    Teams don’t tag utility O lineman. They tag franchise left tackles. And OL is a single position group for the purposes of the franchise tag (which is why guards and centers are almost never tagged), so I have no idea what point you’re attempting to make.

  56. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 17, 2014 8:49 AM

    Hey nofoolnodrool, these lemmings have the WIZARD. WHO DO YOU HAVE??? We also have 2 Super Bowls so bite us

    Ah the class of Baltimore….bite us? Why would I bite chopped liver when I could bite a filet? 2 Super Bowls …big deal call me when you get to six little lemming.

  57. rockthered1286 says: Feb 17, 2014 9:27 AM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Feb 17, 2014 8:49 AM
    Hey nofoolnodrool, these lemmings have the WIZARD. WHO DO YOU HAVE??? We also have 2 Super Bowls so bite us

    Ah the class of Baltimore….bite us? Why would I bite chopped liver when I could bite a filet? 2 Super Bowls …big deal call me when you get to six little lemming.
    ______________________________
    2 in 18 years = 1 ring in every 9 years for Baltimore.

    6 in 81 years = 1 ring in every 13 1/2 years for Pittsburgh.

    Why do I feel like you made this same argument after the Ravens won their first one after only 4 years in the league when it would be impossible to have 6 in 4 years? Math is not a strong suit in the Pittsburgh area I assume…

  58. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 17, 2014 9:32 AM

    By the way the Ravens currently have $12M in cap space (before the Suggs extension announced today which will open up a good bit more) while the Steelers are $12M OVER THE CAP. Quite frankly I’d rather have this issue with Pitta than choosing between cutting star players or simply staying stagnant. Hell you can’t even afford to pay your draft picks! Enjoy cap hell! Cheers!

    0 0
    I grant you your pride as a rabid fan, but you own your annual dumb comments about steeler cap hell. In case you didn’t notice you team finished behind the cap hell restricted steelers. Think before you post it will improve the quality of your rage.Cheers!

  59. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 17, 2014 9:40 AM

    Ah the class of Baltimore….bite us? Why would I bite chopped liver when I could bite a filet? 2 Super Bowls …big deal call me when you get to six little lemming.
    ______________________________
    2 in 18 years = 1 ring in every 9 years for Baltimore.

    6 in 81 years = 1 ring in every 13 1/2 years for Pittsburgh.

    Why do I feel like you made this same argument after the Ravens won their first one after only 4 years in the league when it would be impossible to have 6 in 4 years? Math is not a strong suit in the Pittsburgh area I assume…

    0 0
    Report comment. Hey genius did you forget the ravens are the Browns part2.0? Math is our strong suit as we know six is more than the two the BrowRavens have….try again to spin—spin–spin.

  60. steelcurtainn says: Feb 17, 2014 11:00 AM

    I always laugh when I hear raven fans think they are in the same league with the Pittsburgh steelers. One year after a fluke superbowl win they are back in 3rd place in the division They got 2 superbowl rings compared to the steelers 6. The steelers have owned them for years in the playoffs. The steelers have more superbowl wins and appearances then the ravens over the last 10 years. More division titles and playoff appearances. Bottom line is the ravens will always play second fiddle to the steelers…..get used to it its not going to change over the years.

  61. bmorelady says: Feb 17, 2014 11:13 AM

    Second fiddle to the squealers??? Now that’s hilarious. You constantly live in the past. You keep saying you have 6 but it’s HISTORY. For the last 3 years it has been the RAVENS & Patriots going head-to-head while you bumblebees watched from the couch sobbing into your terrible toilet paper towels. We both had a crappy year last year & neither team can deny that. The difference is that for the RAVENS, a crappy year was a fluke. For the squealers, IT WAS THE NORM!!!! You cheated & still couldn’t beat us. You haven’t owned us since our first Super Bowl win in 2001 and you won’t ever own us again. BIRDS eat bees so get comfy on your couch watching us in the post season year after year. Wah wah. We have 6 in 81 years. Wah wah.

  62. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 17, 2014 11:41 AM

    Second fiddle to the squealers??? Now that’s hilarious. You constantly live in the past. You keep saying you have 6 but it’s HISTORY. For the last 3 years it has been the RAVENS & Patriots going head-to-head while you bumblebees watched from the couch sobbing into your terrible toilet paper towels. We both had a crappy year last year & neither team can deny that. The difference is that for the RAVENS, a crappy year was a fluke. For the squealers, IT WAS THE NORM!!!! You cheated & still couldn’t beat us. You haven’t owned us since our first Super Bowl win in 2001 and you won’t ever own us again. BIRDS eat bees so get comfy on your couch watching us in the post season year after year. Wah wah. We have 6 in 81 years. Wah wah.

    Lady? Doesn’t take much for you to take the bait! Your owner and GM openly admit they modeled their every move on the most successful franchise, but as a lemming you can’t? Oh well keep following the lemming in front to be happy.

  63. thebirdsareback says: Feb 17, 2014 12:15 PM

    I really dont think Pitta is a top priority. If you watch all the Ravens games (As I Do) Pitta really has had only a handful of really good games. This is all media driven, the ravens do not covet him as much as the media believes. Especially after the hip injury, it seems like if they dont get a long-term deal done, he’s gone and a new TE will be drafted. If Ebron falls, hes a ravens. Unless Benjamin, Watkins or Evans falls first which is highly unlikely

  64. steelcurtainn says: Feb 17, 2014 1:32 PM

    Lady you have so many flaws in your post, I don’t know where to begin. You don’t want to go on history, fine, lets go on the present where you currently sit in 3rd place behind the steelers. BTW, I don’t believe the steelers cheated when they took the ravens down in Heinz field this year and was within a 2 point conversion of sweeping them. The steelers haven’t owned the ravens since 2001…..Really, the Last time I checked the steelers were 3-0 against the ravens in the playoffs. That’s the definition of owning. We don’t have to talk about history tho, lets talk about the present where the ravens choked down the stretch while the steelers went 6-2.

  65. bmorelady says: Feb 17, 2014 2:20 PM

    Were just going to have to agree to disagree. You’re for your team and I am for mine. The truth is, we both had an out of character crappy year for each of our organizations. For all the trash talk back & forth, I still believe we have an unspoken respect for each other. Were both very physical & will each fight until the whistle blows. I respect Ben for what he does for K9s around the nation. If nothing else, I’m sure we can agree each team knows the other will be a bare with every point hard fought. We are still the game EVERYONE wants to watch. And I have to say, respect to you for 2 things:: you stood up hard & tough for your team and you did intelligently without making it personal or with name calling or belittling. I hope I’ve done the same. So, respect us given where respect is earned. At least you’re a gentleman. LOL. The truth is, when we didn’t have a team I watched the Steelers. I could never call myself a fan but I did watch them. Your guys play fast, hard, physical football just like my RAVENS

  66. steelcurtainn says: Feb 17, 2014 5:12 PM

    Lady, well said ….thx for the kind words. I do talk a little trash but most of it is aimed at the raven fans or nfl fans in general who degrade the steelers. Kudos to your post.

  67. irvfin3 says: Feb 18, 2014 3:18 PM

    Pitta should be a top priority. Him other than Smith are their only reliable receivers (Marlon Brown is alright himself) though his value sadly decreased a little due to his injury but Pitta is a major piece of their offense especially in the red zone and 3rd downs. The guy who said Ed is better stop it! Ed is only good at blocking he only catches difficult throws and doesn’t fight for yards and is afraid of tackles.

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