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

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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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…

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

    LOLOLOLOL

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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 !!!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. “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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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..

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