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Dennis Pitta | Tight End | #88

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (32) / 6/29/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 238
College: Brigham Young
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 4 (114) / BAL
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Dennis Pitta (hip) said he is "not delusional" about his future.
Pitta did not say he is retired, but the comment is a strong hint after he fractured and dislocated his hip again earlier this month. He may not officially retire for a while, but Pitta's career is, unfortunately, almost certainly over. Jun 15 - 12:13 PM

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Ex-Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip surgery) remains hospitalized.

Pitta went down last Friday. Coach John Harbaugh referenced multiple "procedures" when talking Thursday. Three weeks shy of his 32nd birthday, Pitta has to think quality of life before football. It's feared his career is over.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 8 - 5:49 PM

Ravens released TE Dennis Pitta with an injury settlement.

It's the end of the line for Pitta, who suffered his third dislocated hip at OTAs last week. His career is believed to be over at 32 years old (later this month). The move is simply procedural on the Ravens' end in order to clear some much-needed cap space. They gain $2.5 million for 2017, which Baltimore could use toward Jeremy Maclin or Eric Decker, or some other receiver. Pitta was heading into his eighth season with the Ravens after being a fourth-rounder out of BYU in 2010. He posted a career 224-2,098-13 receiving line and missed most of the 2013-15 seasons. The Ravens will turn to Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams, and Darren Waller at tight end, though all also have injury issues.
Jun 7 - 1:17 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Dennis Pitta suffered a dislocated hip at OTAs.

It confirms earlier reports. Pitta will undergo surgery and should miss the enitre season. His career is likely over.
Jun 2 - 6:37 PM

ESPN reports the Ravens fear Dennis Pitta has "fractured and dislocated his hip for the third time," which would likely be a career-ending injury.

The Ravens, who just lost CB Tavon Young to a torn ACL, claim Pitta was hurt without being hit in a pad-less practice, which was closed to the media. Pitta first injured his hip in 2013 training camp, before suffering the same injury in Week 3 2014. He appeared in seven games from 2013-15 before stunningly resurfacing for 86 catches in a 16-game 2016. Pitta turns 32 later this month. The Ravens have question marks Ben Watson (Achilles'), Maxx Williams, Crockett Gillmore and Nick Boyle behind Pitta on the depth chart.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 2 - 4:23 PM

Dennis Pitta re-injured his hip at Ravens OTAs and is undergoing tests to determine the severity.

It was a non-contact injury, after which Pitta could bear no weight on his leg when trying to get off the ground following a reception. "In unfortunate news, Dennis Pitta re-injured his hip at today's OTA session and is undergoing tests," GM Ozzie Newsome announced. "This is incredibly disappointing, obviously for Dennis, and for the Ravens." The ominous statement suggests the Ravens fear a significant injury for Pitta, who played in all 16 games last season and led all NFL tight ends in catches (86). That was after Pitta played in only seven games across 2013-2015 due to multiple fractures and dislocations of both of his hips. Ravens No. 2 tight end Ben Watson is recovering from a torn Achilles', and No. 3 tight end Maxx Williams underwent an offseason knee surgery never before tried on an NFL player. The Ravens are going to have to acquire another pass catcher. Free agents Anquan Boldin and Gary Barnidge should be on their radar.
Jun 2 - 2:55 PM

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports Dennis Pitta has reworked his deal to stay with the Ravens.

He would have been cut without the restructure. Turning 32 in June, Pitta was previously owed a $5.5 million base salary with a $7.7 million cap charge. Although he caught 86 passes to lead all NFL tight ends last season, Pitta did nothing in the red zone and amounted to a catch-and-fall guy. He also got blown up as a blocker. Pitta's role should be scaled back this season.
Mar 10 - 5:46 PM

The Ravens have asked Dennis Pitta to take a pay cut.

Pitta is scheduled to count $7.7 million against the cap in 2017, which is sixth-highest among tight ends. He led all tight ends in catches last season with 86, but Pitta proved allergic to the end zone, catching just two touchdowns all year. They came in the same game. Pitta is also one of the weakest blockers at the position. He turns 32 in June and has a long injury history.
Mar 8 - 12:04 PM

Sources told NFL Network's Mike Garafolo the Ravens "may balk" at paying Dennis Pitta's $5.5 million salary.

The Baltimore Sun hinted at this after the season. Turning 32 in June, Pitta's 86 receptions led all NFL tight ends last year, but he averaged an anemic 6.02 yards per target and didn't have a positive impact on offense beyond catching short passes and immediately falling down. Pitta also wasn't a big part of the Ravens' red-zone passing game. In Maxx Williams and Darren Waller, Baltimore has younger tight ends with more potential, and could use salary cap relief.
Feb 22 - 9:53 PM

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec wrote "it's tough to envision" Dennis Pitta returning for 2017 on his current contract.

Pitta took a pay cut last offseason to stay with the team, and he might have to do the same again this spring. Pitta did lead tight ends with 86 catches in his comeback campaign, but he averaged 8.5 yards per catch while finding the end zone twice. That production is not worth the $7.7 million cap hit Pitta carries next season, especially since the Ravens currently have six tight ends on the roster. It would not be surprising if Baltimore moved on from both Pitta and Benjamin Watson this offseason.
Jan 7 - 11:17 AM

Dennis Pitta caught 11-of-16 targets for 91 yards in the Ravens' Week 17 loss to the Bengals.

A catch-and-fall specialist and purely a possession target, Pitta deserves credit for coming back from multiple broken hips but wound up averaging just 8.5 yards per reception on 86 receptions with two touchdowns. Pitta is signed for $5.5 million in 2017. He turns 32 in June. The Ravens need 2015 second-round pick Maxx Williams to get healthy and step forward in the passing game.
Jan 1 - 4:19 PM

Dennis Pitta caught 8-of-11 targets for 75 yards in the Ravens' Week 16 loss to the Steelers.

Pitta had a bigger game than normal, but his fantasy day could have been much better. He almost came up with a diving, one-handed grab at the goal line in the second quarter, and Flacco threw just behind him on what should have been a touchdown just before halftime. Pitta still made some big plays, converting a crucial third down in the fourth quarter and serving as a safety blanket late in the game. With the Ravens now out of the playoff hunt, Pitta will look to end his comeback season on a high note in Cincinnati next week.
Sun, Dec 25, 2016 08:38:00 PM

Dennis Pitta caught 2-of-2 targets for 16 yards in the Ravens' Week 15 win over the Eagles.

Pitta has showed sporadically that he is capable of popping up for tough-to-predict big games, but for the most part his game has lacked big-play ability so far this season. Pitta will remain a low-ceiling TE2 against Pittsburgh in Week 16.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 05:09:00 PM

Dennis Pitta caught 4-of-5 targets for 18 yards in the Ravens' Week 14 loss to the Patriots.

Pitta predictably crashed back to Earth after his 9-90-2 line against the Dolphins in Week 13 when he scored his first touchdowns since 2012. He, Nick Boyle (3-15), and Darren Waller (1-3-1) split the tight end work in this one, with Waller cashing in the red-zone opportunities for a touchdown. Pitta will get catches, but his upside is minimal ahead of a tough Week 15 date with the Eagles.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 12:39:00 AM

Dennis Pitta snagged nine-of-11 targets for 90 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in the Ravens' Week 13 win over the Dolphins.

Pitta ended a 17-game touchdown drought on Sunday and he did it with style. Baltimore made a point to attack the middle of the field, which, coincidentally, is where Pitta makes his living. His first touchdown came on a 13-yard pass Joe Flacco managed to squeeze between Isa Abdul-Quddus and Bacarri Rambo. He went for six again late in the first half, this time beating Rambo in zone coverage for a nine-yard score. Pitta did lose a fumble in the fourth quarter but the Ravens were way ahead at that point. His nine catches matched a season-high and the 90 yards he tallied were his most since Week 2. Pitta will be a TE2 consideration next week against New England.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 04:44:00 PM

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