Ravens issue second-round tender to Dennis Pitta

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The Ravens got a sixth-round pick for wide receiver Anquan Boldin on Monday and they stand to get a second-round pick if any team signs tight end Dennis Pitta away from them.

Multiple reports have the Ravens issuing a second-round tender offer to Pitta before he becomes a restricted free agent. If Pitta signs the tender, he’ll receive a $2.023 million salary for the 2013 season but you’d imagine that he’ll take some time to see if any teams are willing to make him an offer before he does that.

The signing team would have to hand over a second-round pick for Pitta’s services, something that doesn’t seem totally unlikely outside of the fact that restricted free agents rarely see much interest on the market. Pitta had 61 catches for 669 yards and seven touchdowns during the 2012 season.

Pitta is one of three key restricted free agents on the Ravens. Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that defensive end Arthur Jones has also been issued a tender at an unknown level, while we’re still waiting for word on Ed Dickson. The team is expected to try to hold onto Dickson and perhaps use their two tight ends as a way to help make up for some of the production they lost when they dealt Boldin to San Francisco.