NFL rumors: Ravens, Dennis Pitta ‘far apart’ in contract talks

Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta celebrates in the locker room after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens will have plenty of decisions to make over the next two weeks, as they attempt to find a way to bring back their key free agents. Two of the top players the Ravens will be looking to re-sign are tight end Dennis Pitta and offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, but it looks like there could be some issues on the Pitta front.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens and Pitta remain “far apart” in contract talks.

Baltimore was looking to sign Pitta to a long-term deal before slapping him with the franchise tag and preventing him from hitting the open market, but even the franchise tag designation could prove to be an issue for the team.

Pitta, like Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints, will fight to be tagged as a wide receiver and not a tight end in order to capitalize on the nearly five million dollar difference between the two tenders.

While Pitta played a majority of his snaps split out wide, he is listed as a tight end and that is the way the Ravens are expected to view him.

Whether or not that will lead to a stand off between the two sides remains to be seen.

Topics: Baltimore Ravens, Dennis Pitta

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