Nov 24, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) celebrates after catching a pass for a touchdown in the end zone during the third quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Brandon Pettigrew to ask for Dennis Pitta money in free agency


The market for free agent tight ends seems to have been set with the Baltimore Ravens handing Dennis Pitta a fat new contract last week. While not all tight ends are on Pitta’s level, some may come close and Detroit Lions free agent tight end Brandon Pettigrew now knows what number he wants to match on his new contract.

While nothing has formally been asked of by Pettigrew,  ESPN.com blogger Michael Rothstein believes that Pettigrew will ask for Pitta money from the Lions — or anyone else — since he put up better numbers than the Ravens tight end did in 2013.

Pettigrew actually put together better statistics than Pitta during the overlapping parts of their careers — Pettigrew has one more year of service than Pitta — but they are capable of doing similar things. Both are tight ends who are considered dual-purpose, meaning they can block and catch, so that helps set the market even further.

Rothstein also points out that with Pitta and New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham now returning to their teams, Pettigrew could fetch a fat contract as the best tight end in free agency.

Either way, the market has been set and Pettigrew is seeing dollar signs everywhere he looks.

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  • Michael Stenger

    The difference between the two: Pitta actually catches the ball. “Hands of Stone” may be great at blocking, but his inconsistency catching the ball over the years doesn’t warrant a high-dollar contract. If he isn’t willing to accept a reasonable and fair offer to help the team, let him walk.