Report: Ravens expected to tag Pitta if they can’t strike a deal

dennis pittaWe mentioned on Tuesday that the Ravens and tight end Dennis Pitta aren’t close to getting a deal done.

According to the Baltimore Sun,  the Ravens will likely use the franchise tag on Pitta if they can’t sign him to a new contract prior to the start of free agency.

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.

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bal-ravens-far-apart-in-ongoing-pitta-talks-in-negotiations-with-several-free-agents-20140217,0,6081089.story#ixzz2tq3ubtG9