According to the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens and tight end Dennis Pitta remain far apart in contract negations and if they can’t strike a deal prior to the start of free agency, they’ll likely use the franchise tag on him.
The Ravens are in active talks with tight end Dennis Pitta, but remain “far apart” on numbers, according to sources.
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. The primary argument, which would be heard by an NFL arbitrator, would be that Pitta played the majority of his snaps running routes as a slot receiver last season.
Aside from Joe Flacco and Ray Rice, you could argue Pitta is their best offensive player. They have to sign him to a long-term deal.