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The Baltimore Ravens want Dennis Pitta on their 2014 roster. Proof of that comes from this tweet from Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun:
Gary Kubiak says he has a high opinion of Dennis Pitta, expects him to be a big part of offense this year.
However, after a season in which a fractured and dislocated hip limited Pitta to only four games, there's a chance the two parties will view the tight end's value differently.
Ozzie Newsome is one of the best general managers in the NFL, so the Ravens and Pitta very well may work out a long-term deal before the former fourth-round pick hits free agency on March 11.
The snag with the franchise tag could be centered around the designation of Pitta's position—is he a tight end or wide receiver?
Wilson explained the possible conundrum in a January column:
In the case of Pitta, in four games after returning from hip surgery, he ran 79.7 percent of his routes out of the slot. That was the highest rate among all NFL tight ends.
Under the NFL collective bargaining agreement, rules governing franchise tags states they "will apply to the position in which the player participated in the most plays.
We aren't sure how the Ravens will handle Pitta's contract situation, but the franchise tag route could prove to be confusing.