Even though Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson likes free agency about as much as a lactose intolerant person likes dairy, he still must make some moves this offseason in order to improve the roster. One player that Packers should sign is free-agent tight end Dennis Pitta.
It’s a well-known assumption that Green Bay will not bring back tight end Jermichael Finley because of his neck injury. The truth is some organization will take a chance on him, but the Packers won’t be one of them. It’s true that Andrew Quarless did a sufficient job at filling in for Finley as the starting tight end. However, Green Bay would be smart to shore up the position with a quality player who would provide a much bigger impact on offense.
Pitta, who won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens two seasons ago, is a dominating force. Even though he did deal with a hip injury last year, which forced him to only suit up for four games, he’s still a young guy who will only get better as the years go on. In the season the Ravens won it all, Pitta had a career year that saw him haul in a whopping 61 receptions for 669 yards and seven touchdowns, all of which were career highs. He added another three touchdowns in the postseason.
It’s hard to imagine that Baltimore will allow Pitta to walk without putting up a fight. The latest news is that they plan on retaining him and making him a big part of the offense. With that being said, money talks, as is with most players. Green Bay may not be an organization that likes to prove that fact accurate, but they are still a franchise that is capable of dishing it out when the time is right. Giving Aaron Rodgers an offensive weapon at the tight end position would be a huge step in the right direction, one that will improve their chances of winning it all in 2014.