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07:29 AM ET 02.17 | By this time next month, Baltimore will have made its intensions clear. [The Ravens] will have a $6.7 million decision to make within the next couple of weeks. Or is it an $11.5 million decision? The Ravens' evaluation of whether to use the franchise tag on tight end Dennis Pitta is complicated by the uncertainty of exactly how much it would cost. Would Pitta fall under the franchise tag number for a tight end or a wide receiver, a difference of nearly $5 million? ... If the Ravens franchise Pitta, they'd have until July 15 to negotiate an extension with him. That's the goal of both sides as Pitta has made it clear that he wants to remain in Baltimore while the Ravens want the same. However to this point, the two sides haven't made substantial progress in contract talks per a source.

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Dennis Pitta, Icon Sports Dennis Pitta, Icon Sports
February 17, 2014  07:32 AM ET

WHY?

February 17, 2014  07:35 AM ET

Uh, didn't they run this EXACT same story last week? I think they just substituted the words "Jimmy Graham" and "Saints" for "Dennis Pitta" and Ravens"

February 17, 2014  07:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Uh, didn't they run this EXACT same story last week? I think they just substituted the words "Jimmy Graham" and "Saints" for "Dennis Pitta" and Ravens"

Makes sense for Graham but a guy with 20 catches for 169 yards makes no sense. You can get a guy off the street to do that!

February 17, 2014  07:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Uh, didn't they run this EXACT same story last week? I think they just substituted the words "Jimmy Graham" and "Saints" for "Dennis Pitta" and Ravens"

Yes, exactly. It is a situation that is becoming more common as some teams move to a more tight end-dominated passing game. Might have also happened with the Pats if Gronk had stayed healthy and Hernandez stayed out of jail. Vernon Davis may be next (franchise tag, not jail).

February 17, 2014  08:21 AM ET

Blame the greedy owners for this stuff. They are the ones that demanded a lower team cap which is still $5-$8 million lower than it was FIVE years ago. If Ozzie or an GM has a problem with it give your owner a call.

February 17, 2014  08:23 AM ET

You could sign two or three tight ends at that price and besides that he is no Whitten or Graham.

February 17, 2014  09:18 AM ET

I'm wondering why there's a huge $5M gap between a franchise designated TE and WR?

February 17, 2014  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I'm wondering why there's a huge $5M gap between a franchise designated TE and WR?

It's the DIVA gap.

February 17, 2014  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I'm wondering why there's a huge $5M gap between a franchise designated TE and WR?

Because idiot owners keep throwing stupid money at guys like Mike Wallace. Johnson and Fitzgerald at $16 million a year. Percy Harvin? Really? $12 million a year? Over 10% of your cap space on one position not named QB?

February 17, 2014  09:35 AM ET

The Cap is too low and Franchising too high.

February 17, 2014  10:26 AM ET

I always say WR are a dime a dozen but a great TE is worth his weight in gold. And Terrell Suggs nicknamed him "American Express"....

February 17, 2014  12:00 PM ET

Stay on the cheap with the TE, you'll find good bargains in this year's draft.

February 17, 2014  03:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Makes sense for Graham but a guy with 20 catches for 169 yards makes no sense. You can get a guy off the street to do that!

he was injured. In the playoffs against the Pats last year, he made their weak coverage look pathetic. The Pats would be ALL OVER him if he hits the market.

February 17, 2014  05:57 PM ET

Renegotiate Flacco!

February 17, 2014  08:07 PM ET

Once again I would like to point out that no team has ever won the Super Bowl with a QB making $20 million per season. Or with any other player who was the highest paid at his position. It takes 53 players to win in the NFL.

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February 17, 2014  09:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Thanks for the "Occupyer" take on the story. How bout we discuss the greedy little half a scchitbum TE who couldn't block my 84 yr old father and had a whopping 20 catches for 169 yds and one! measly freakin TD. ONE!!!!!He should be offering to play for a reduced salary because he sucks.

He was injured and forecasted to miss the entire year but came back and played only games. That's an average of 5 catches a game. Not bad. Same as Gronk. Guess he sucks too. Keep the clown comments coming.

February 17, 2014  11:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

You could sign two or three tight ends at that price and besides that he is no Whitten or Graham.

Without him the Ravens don't win a superbowl and Flacco doesn't get grossly overpaid.

February 18, 2014  12:09 AM ET

"intensions"? The Baltimore Sun just might be setting...

hbomb: "The Cap is too low and Franchising too high."

*Rent* is too damn high.

 
February 18, 2014  11:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Makes sense for Graham but a guy with 20 catches for 169 yards makes no sense. You can get a guy off the street to do that!

Genius he played all of 4 games coming off a fractured hip suffered in training camp, it was amazing he played at all this season. Look at his stats in 2012 when he was healthy and had 61 catches and 7 TD's. Also, he had a great postseason when they won the SB, he scored 3 TD's in 4 games, clutch production. He's Flacco's go to pass catcher for big catches on 3rd down and in the red zone.

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