Last season, Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta made a remarkable comeback and turned in his first full season since 2012. Even though he hauled in a career-high 86 catches, the Ravens could cut him loose rather than pay him $5.5MM in 2017, sources tell Mike Garafolo of NFL.com (on Twitter).
In theory, the two sides could work a restructured deal, but that’s a concession Pitta already made one year ago. Under the terms of his reworked contract, Pitta’s salary was cut from $5MM to $1MM, but the Ravens added $3MM in incentives to help bridge the gap. When he turned in his best season to date, Pitta maxed out his potential earnings by recording more than 60 catches and appearing in at least 50% of the team’s snaps. It’s not clear whether the two sides have discussed altering Pitta’s deal again or if the veteran would be open to an adjustment.
Pitta signed a five-year, $32MM contract with the Ravens in February of 2014, a gutsy move considering that he missed most of 2013 with hip issues. Years later, Pitta is healthy and producing again, but his price tag could be too rich for the Ravens’ blood.
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