The Baltimore Ravens are at the combine scouting out players but there focus — or at least part of it — is back in Baltimore where the front office is trying to work out a deal to keep tight end hybrid Dennis Pitta in town long term. With the threat of filing grievance in the air if Pitta is franchise tagged as a tight end and not a wide receiver, the Ravens are working to avoid a situation that turns ugly and ends in them losing Pitta to another team.
According to Ian Rapoport from NFL Network, the Ravens are making progress on a contract with Pitta but nothing seems to be imminent.
#Ravens and TE Dennis Pitta are making progress to a new deal, per sources. Nothing imminent. Sides have until March 3 before he gets tagged
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 24, 2014
It’s still possible that Pitta and the Ravens don’t work out a deal, but it’s starting to sound more and more like one will be agreed upon. Pitta is in the category of Jimmy Graham in that he’s viewing himself as a wide receiver and therefore wants wide receiver money.
The Ravens may see him as a wide receiver in the playbook but are trying to pay him like a tight end now that the season is over.