Checking in on Pitta's next deal
February, 18, 2014
By Tom Carpenter | ESPN Insider
The Baltimore Ravens inked Terrell Suggs to a five-year, $28 million contract on Monday, which means their top priority now likely is figuring out a way to re-sign tight end Dennis Pitta, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 11. Apparently, the two sides are chatting but have a long way to go.
"The Ravens are in active talks with tight end Dennis Pitta, but remain 'far apart' on numbers, according to sources," wrote Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
"Unless that financial gap is bridged during a two-week window to use the franchise tag that began Monday and ends with an NFL deadline of March 3, a source predicted that the Ravens will designate Pitta as their franchise player. Should that happen, a source predicted that Pitta would file a grievance through the NFL Players Association to be designated at the wide receiver franchise number of $11.5 million instead of the tight end tag of $6.709 million."