One of the biggest issues facing the Baltimore Ravens this offseason was the looming free agent status of Dennis Pitta. The talented tight end was up for renewal, and if the Ravens weren’t going to pay him, some other team would have. But Ravens fans can now breath a big sigh of relief, as a new contract for Pitta has been announced. The tight end has agreed to a five-year deal, worth approximately $6.5 million per season.
When you look back at Baltimore’s offensive troubles in 2013, you can trace a lot of them back to Pitta’s absence. He of course missed the majority of 2013 following hip surgery, and who knows what the Ravens would have done if he was fully healthy. To say that he’s a big part of the Baltimore offense these days, would be putting it lightly. Pitta is an x-factor in that, if he plays well, the Ravens become much more dynamic.
I suppose it’s a little risky to pay big money to a guy coming off a serious injury, but it appears Pitta’s hip injury was just a one time fluke-type of thing. He doesn’t seem to be injury-prone and most agree that his best football is yet to come. Simply put, he was a guy that Baltimore could not risk letting go. When you have a tight end with the potential to become elite in today’s NFL, you have to pay him.
If Pitta stays healthy in 2014, I have no doubt that he’ll breakout and prove that he’s worth the big bucks.