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Report: Ravens, Dennis Pitta agree to five-year deal

Dennis Pitta, Torrey Smith AP

One of the top tight ends slated to reach unrestricted free agency will not hit the market.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens and tight end Dennis Pitta have agreed to terms on a five-year contract.

A league source tells PFT’s Mike Florio that Pitta’s contract is anticipated to have an average value of $6-7 million per season.

Pitta has hauled in 122 passes for 1,244 yards and 11 TDs in four seasons with Baltimore. He missed most of the 2013 campaign with a hip injury, but he returned for the stretch run, catching 20 passes for 163 yards and one TD in four games. He turns 28 in June.

Pitta’s best season came in 2012, when he hauled in 61 passes for 669 yards and seven scores in the regular season for the Ravens, who would go on to win Super Bowl XLVII.

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61 Responses to “Report: Ravens, Dennis Pitta agree to five-year deal”
  1. joeflaccoallday says: Feb 28, 2014 12:56 PM


  2. skjwood says: Feb 28, 2014 12:57 PM

    Hallelujah! Now on to Monroe!

  3. thepftpoet says: Feb 28, 2014 12:57 PM

    The Ravens aren’t even the best team that wears Purple.

    Vikings > Ravens

    Pro-Bowl MVP Kyle Rudulph > Dennis Pitta

  4. youtubeingravenvids says: Feb 28, 2014 12:57 PM

    great news. glad we got him locked up. now lets do the same for Eugene Monroe & Daryl Smith.

  5. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Feb 28, 2014 12:58 PM


  6. bunkmcnulty says: Feb 28, 2014 12:59 PM

    Important move. Joe’s best friend on the team too. I just hope there are no lingering effects from the hip. That was my hesitation on the Ravens paying him top dollar.

  7. siggtacular says: Feb 28, 2014 12:59 PM

    In Oz We Trust!!!!!!!

    Ravens Nation today we celebrate!!!!!

    Super Bowl Champion Dennis Pitta reunited with Super Bowl MVP Joe ‘Montana’ Flacco!!!!!!!

    RAVENS 2x World Champions

    Ray Lewis 2x Super Bowl Champ

  8. Coach John Harbaugh says: Feb 28, 2014 1:00 PM

    this is why were the ravens…& the rest of you are our minions

  9. jintsfan says: Feb 28, 2014 1:00 PM

    And Jimmy Graham isn’t worth $10-11m?

  10. ubepunkedagain says: Feb 28, 2014 1:00 PM

    7 million for an average TE? Ozzie lost his swag long ago.

  11. stevincinci says: Feb 28, 2014 1:01 PM

    Big deal. Once Vontaze crushes him across the middle he’ll be out for 2014 as well.

  12. jamesundeee says: Feb 28, 2014 1:02 PM

    As long as the deal isn’t more then 35 million, I think this bodes well for the Ravens offseason. Next needs to be Monroe or Daryl Smith.

  13. cfeeley52 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:02 PM

    Yea Pitta Pocket! Got that possession receiver, time to move on to the O-line…

  14. baltimoresnativeson says: Feb 28, 2014 1:03 PM

    1. Sign Pitta
    2. Sign Monroe
    3. Get a Center
    4. Get a slot receiver
    5. Get a Free safety

    1 down, 4 to go!!!

  15. hakunamangata says: Feb 28, 2014 1:03 PM

    This is Flacco’s fault too right? I thought we didn’t have room for anyone because of his contract.

  16. thebirdsareback says: Feb 28, 2014 1:04 PM

    I really didnt think we should of signed him at all, i think he’s overrated, but i dont discount the relationship he has with flacco. My only thing about that, is their friendship has only cashed in 11 TD in 4 seasons. Which, is butt awful and does not warrant 7 million a year. Ozzie really really really messed up. He’s now one of the highest paid tight ends and has never amassed even close to the numbers that Jimmy, Vernon, and Gates put up. He has a bum hip and is not a fast runner. An ok blocker. An excellent “slot receiver”. If we were gonna pay 7 mil for a receiver why didnt we grab Nate Washington or something. Dang

  17. seatownballers says: Feb 28, 2014 1:04 PM

    Better then any tight end on the Vikings.

  18. petezjunior says: Feb 28, 2014 1:05 PM

    good player, but way too much. thats a lot… the money could go to building their defense. god knows they need another corner / lb.

  19. bostonian13 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:06 PM

    Never understand all the hype around Pitta this free agency. I mean he’s OKKKKK not great. Some idiot team was going to overpay either way.

  20. joemammy says: Feb 28, 2014 1:06 PM

    Pitta is not good enough to carry Jordan Cameron’s pads. As a retired tight end, you would think that Ozzie would have a better handle on what works in that position.

    Guess is, he’s been away from the game too long…

  21. rockthered1286 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:06 PM

    Let me save you all some time:

    “blah blah blah overrated, blah blah Flacco overpaid, blah blah Ozzie sucks, blah blah I’ll poke at your team in order to hide my insecurities about my own franchise which is in shambles…”

    -Rusty, Titles, Crown

    You’re welcome ladies.

  22. dcapettini says: Feb 28, 2014 1:07 PM

    As a Ravens fan it seems like a lot of money for a tight end who contributed little in 2013 and can’t really block? Heinz Ward was a better blocker.

    Frankly, I’m more worried about Eugene Monroe and Daryl Smith than I was about Pitta. Adequate left tackles aren’t plentiful and it seems like 2 or 3 have announced their retirement of late, making them even more rare. With McClain cut and Smith a free agent, who is going to play inside? Isn’t 6 mill about 1/3 of the total cap room they had? And they need D-linemen really bad too.

  23. jbaxt says: Feb 28, 2014 1:07 PM

    Love it, 1 season he has 7 TDs and 60 catches, the other 3 years he averaged 1 TD and 20.

    Nothing to see here.

  24. opinevain says: Feb 28, 2014 1:07 PM


  25. bostonian13 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:08 PM


  26. overratedsteelerhater says: Feb 28, 2014 1:09 PM


  27. camdenyard says: Feb 28, 2014 1:09 PM

    A bit more than I would have liked to see him get, but he’s a great target and has speed. Kubiak loves his TEs…

  28. favoritefootballteamrelatedname says: Feb 28, 2014 1:09 PM


  29. troy43mvp says: Feb 28, 2014 1:09 PM

    You Know What They Say….”BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA”

  30. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Feb 28, 2014 1:11 PM

    LOLOLOL, isn’t that cute. Look at the Ratbirds try to salvage what they can.

  31. ravenseers says: Feb 28, 2014 1:11 PM

    We take care of our own! Can your team say that? GO RAVENS!

  32. jtbsteeler says: Feb 28, 2014 1:13 PM

    “Pitta has hauled in 122 passes for 1,244 yards and 11 TDs in four seasons with Baltimore”


  33. cruzan80 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:16 PM

    Had to get done. The loss of Boldin and Pitta was way too big of an obstical for the offense to overcome. Get Monroe done & then on to the draft where the wizard earns his pay checks better than any GM in the league.

  34. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Feb 28, 2014 1:18 PM

    LOLOLOL, isn’t that cute. Look at the Ratbirds try to salvage what they can.

  35. ravenswhat says: Feb 28, 2014 1:18 PM

    Lol at anyone calling Pitta average. He does everything and he does it well. And I’m pretty sure hall of fame TE Ozzie is an authority on that position.

  36. baltimoresnativeson says: Feb 28, 2014 1:19 PM

    In related news, yesterday Joe Flacco was overheard telling a group of haters….

    ” I have a Superbowl MVP and a Superbowl ring; now get on your knees and kiss the ring”

  37. ravc82 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:20 PM

    Just made my weekend…

    Monroe next, on deck- Daryl Smith.

  38. steelcurtainn says: Feb 28, 2014 1:27 PM

    Talk about desperate. Way overpaid, the ravens way…lol

  39. rushbacker says: Feb 28, 2014 1:28 PM

    Wow. I can’t believe how quickly Ozzie fell off. What happened? The guy was hands down the best executive in the league a year or so ago. Now he’s giving out terrible long-term deals to average at best players. Ah well, at least Vulture fans got a title to remember before it went down the drain.

  40. mtloc11 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:29 PM

    It is unbelievable on how people comment here without any football knowledge and just stick to the easy shortcuts (contract bashing , GM doesn t know what he s doing , this guys is overrated , overpaid)

    Like in any business , you pay people not only for production but also for IMPACT .

    Pitta’s return last year somehow happened at same time the team has it s only winning streak and acceptable offensive stats.

    It was only upon his return that JJ and Other offensive weapons started shining in the passing game, and it s all because of the attention Pitta gets , you often need a LB to jam at LOS and then a DB , always a mismatch challenge.

    As for the Ozzie Newsome haters , 99.99% of you wished you had a proven HOF player/One of the BEST TE ever/Classiest Guy managing your team , bringing Championships and making the team A Perennial Playoff contender.

    You can hate them as much as you want , the only reason they are CONSTANTLY winning like NE,PIT,GB is because how the team is managed , from Top to Bottom , and more often than not , they hit it right.

    Players that have impact rarely leave Baltimore , 52 , 86 , 75 , 55 , 92 , 73 and when they do we rarely hear from them , Jamie Sharper , AD Thomas , Carey Williams , Pollard , Some guy that left 50k in the front seat of his car !!!

  41. bengalguy says: Feb 28, 2014 1:29 PM

    $6 million a season????? For Dennis Pitta??? Wow! No wonder they’re in Cap Hell!

  42. rcampore says: Feb 28, 2014 1:34 PM

    I don’t get how this guy is getting paid nearly 7 million dollars a year…..he is average at best. I’m not a Raven hater, just confused by this contract. I mean if he gets 7 million, then Jimmy Graham will be getting Mike Wallace money then.

  43. baltimorons says: Feb 28, 2014 1:45 PM

    Hope he learns how to catch the flacco jump ball.

  44. scoobies05 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:53 PM

    great move to lock this guy up. and speaking of desperate, how goes it steeper fans

  45. theclink12 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:56 PM

    Seems like Baltimore overpayed big time. I seriously can’t see that any other NFL team would have given him that kind of money. I googled “NFL TE salaries” and Pitta’s contract is just a tad less than Vernon Davis’s. While I dislike Davis and all things 49ers, I would take him in a heartbeat over Pitta. Bad move, Ravens…you probably still could have got Pitta for 2 million less a year.

  46. kosarkid says: Feb 28, 2014 2:30 PM

    There’s going to be at least 2 TE’s in this years draft who will be better than him this year.

  47. ninetysixer says: Feb 28, 2014 2:44 PM

    great, now go get D’quel Jackson

  48. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 28, 2014 3:25 PM

    For that kind of money they must plan on having him take some of those Rice check-downs. Or heck, line him up at RB and see if he can best that amazing 2.1 yd avg.

  49. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 28, 2014 3:26 PM

    Serious question – does that money go directly to Timmons becasue he owns Pitta?

  50. bigbenownsthenfl says: Feb 28, 2014 3:39 PM

    he caught 122 passes in 4 seasons! my god that’s 30 receptions a freakin year!!! hahahahahahahaha. wow ozzie has lost his damn mind!

  51. trubblman says: Feb 28, 2014 4:22 PM

    Did someone say the Vikings are the better of the two NFL teams that wear Purple? Really? Last time I checked 2 Super Bowl wins is better than NO Super Bowl wins.

  52. trubblman says: Feb 28, 2014 4:34 PM

    It’s striking the lack of football that some people have by saying Todd Heap is overrated. He is in fact the second rated free agent tight end. The other being Jimmy Graham.

  53. SmashMouthFootball says: Feb 28, 2014 5:49 PM

    Heath Miller is the most expensive TE in terms of used up cap space than ANY other TE in the entire league.

    Say whatever you want about Pitta but even after the cap ceiling was raised to $133M only the Cowboys and Steelers are STILL above the cap. That deserves a LOLOLOLOLOLOL.

  54. patsfan1820 says: Feb 28, 2014 6:07 PM

    Meh a little bit much but they needed to resign him. Good move but maybe a couple years down the line they should ask Pitta to rework his deal like a certain qb who is on the Ravens who definitely should.

  55. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 28, 2014 6:48 PM

    “Heath Miller is the most expensive TE in terms of used up cap space than ANY other TE in the entire league.”

    Doesn’t it make sense that the best person in the world at his particular craft is also the highest paid? That’s pretty standard in any industry. And you’re welcome for the business lesson.

  56. scoobies05 says: Feb 28, 2014 7:04 PM

    what’s up my man. I think you confused heath with Jimmy Graham. honest mistake. hope all is well

  57. scoobies05 says: Feb 28, 2014 7:06 PM

    and props on the Timmons comment. by the way, both teams were 8 and 8 last year. even with Ben having a good year

  58. SmashMouthFootball says: Feb 28, 2014 7:49 PM

    To be considered the best in the world at a particular craft you have to perform it better than anyone else. In 2013 Miller was 11th best but costs his team more than any one else in his craft. That’s an indictment against the way the Steeler business is run not Miller. And you’re welcome for the advanced business lesson.

  59. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 28, 2014 8:19 PM

    Good to see you bro. Your voice of reason’s been missed. And smashmouth – nice.

  60. 75rockrasin says: Mar 1, 2014 11:39 AM

    Wow. steeler fans making fun of Ozzie signing Pitta?
    Maybe when you stop laughing you can check out your own cap situation and wonder why the Roonies are overpaying the Cher wannabe.

    Browns fan, How did that Kruger signing last year turn out for ya?

    Bungals, still waiting to win a playoff game..

  61. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 1, 2014 12:54 PM

    Steelers over the cap > ravens, bengals, browns under the cap

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