Remember this past offseason when the Baltimore Ravens signed quarterback Joe Flacco to the most lucrative deal ever (at the time) for a QB? The Ravens gambled and lost on Flacco big time. Hopefully the Ravens learned their lesson and won’t do the same with tight end Dennis Pitta.
Pitta will be an unrestricted free agent in 2014. and if the Ravens don’t sign him to an extension soon, they could find themselves in the same predicament they did with Flacco. Obviously, Pitta will never make $20 million per season, but he could command top-tight end money next season.
Pitta will be entering his fourth year with the team. His numbers have gone up every year, and that trend expects to continue, especially now with no more Anquan Boldin. Even with Boldin, Flacco targeted Pitta a lot. Flacco will probably target Pitta even more now, as he’s really the only proven intermediate route guy. Torrey Smith has improved on intermediate routes but is still considered a deep threat. In fact, the Ravens have a ton of speed on the outside which will need to be accounted for, along with Ray Rice in the short passing game. Pitta should be able to take advantages of mismatches.
Pitta is no doubt primed for a monster season, and the Ravens need to lock this dude up before it costs them. Even after signing first-round draft pick Matt Elam, the Ravens still have around $5 million in cap space. There is no excuse to not make this happen now.