The Baltimore Ravens have come to terms with tight end Dennis Pitta on a five-year contract. With Pitta’s contract, the veteran will stay in Baltimore and will not hit the unrestricted free agency market in a few days.
Pitta has quickly emerged as one of the key players on the Ravens’ offense over the past few years. But after suffering from a fractured hip in the second day of training camp last year, Pitta was forced to miss 12 games of the 2013 regular season. Pitta returned for the final four games of the season after what was said to be a season-ending injury and had 20 catches for 169 yards and one touchdown.
After having to sit out majority of last season, Pitta is ready to fully immerse himself back into the game. But he is even more excited to do so in a Ravens uniform.
“I could not be more excited to remain a Baltimore Raven,” Pitta said.
Entering his fifth year in the NFL, Pitta remains one of quarterback Joe Flacco’s favorite players to target. The two players have undeniable chemistry on and off the field, and it showed last season while Flacco struggled to connect on passes to other receivers.
“It was obvious when Dennis was out last year that we really missed him,” head coach John Harbaugh said of the tight end. “We all admire how he fought back from the hip injury and helped us out down the stretch. Having Dennis as a part of the Ravens now and in the future is exciting news for us.”
It will be interesting to watch how the offense will evolve with Pitta back in the mix this season, especially with the addition of offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak to the Ravens’ organization. Kubiak’s previous coaching styles have been tailored around a strong tight end. With Pitta healthy, there should be no reason for Kubiak to stray from that style of play.
Ravens fans can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that Pitta will be wearing purple next year. His presence will highlight the direction that Harbaugh, Kubiak, and the rest of the Ravens’ organization are going toward in the future and Pitta will be along for the ride through 2018.
“There is no better organization or fan base in sports,” Pitta said. “To be given the opportunity to continue my career here is incredible. This organization drafted me and has always stood by me, especially during my difficult recovery last season. And for that, I am extremely grateful.”