The contract calls for $62 million during its duration -- and should make Pitta a continued fan favorite in Baltimore simply because he and the team were able to reach a deal before Monday, March 3 -- the deadline when the Ravens would have been forced to use the franchise player designation on him, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Doing so would have caused myriad salary cap issues for Baltimore -- because it would have forced the Ravens to pay Pitta an additional $5 million per year on top of the $62 million he was already getting in the deal.
But Ravens brass had no complaints about the way Pitta and his agent handled the negotations -- particularly his head coach, John Harbaugh.
“It was obvious when Dennis was out last year that we really missed him,” Harbaugh said in a statement. “We all admire how he fought back from the hip injury and helped us down the stretch. Having Dennis as a part of the Ravens now and in the future is exciting news for us.”
Some may argue about the timely manner in which the deal was struck -- particularly because Baltimore again avoided paying another Pro Bowler franchise tag money by days -- but the deal is done.
Pitta has spent his entire career in Baltimore, catching 122 passes for 1,224 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was the Ravens’ 114th overall draft pick (4th round) in 2010.