Baltimore Ravens' Signing Of Dennis Pitta Helps Joe Flacco

By Wola Odeniran
Mark J. Rebilas- USA Today Sports

After the Baltimore Ravens dealt Anquan Boldin in a trade, the talk in NFL circles was about just who the go-to guy in the slot for Joe Flacco would be.

Getting tight end Dennis Pitta back in the fold with a second-round tender for $2.02 millions helps a lot of that.

Let’s be honest. Asking receivers Tandon Doss, Tommy Streeter and Aaron Mellette to get the job done would be too much to ask of players who have yet to prove themselves in a legit way in the league. Flacco and Pitta are best friends off the field, and the Ravens possibly letting Pitta go would leave Flacco in possible rage.

People made a big deal about Flacco’s contract and his cap number supposedly eating up all of the Ravens cap space, but those were all false claims and it didn’t distract the team from signing a talent like Pitta.

Pitta was top-10 in the 2012 season in receptions with 61, and was also top-10 in the league in touchdowns with seven. Not to mention, the sensational postseason he had the ultimately put the Ravens over the top in the Super Bowl.

The rest of the league took notice of Pitta’s play. He was even ranked in the NFL Network’s top 100 players for the 2012 season, and it was even deemed risky for the Ravens to dangle Pitta for a second round pick. Before the draft, there was talk about the tight ends in the draft class not being as strong as a whole. A stronger TE class would have made Pitts a trade candidate.

Luckily for the Ravens, they got their starting tight end back.

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