Prioritizing the Ravens' free agents
NFL free agency begins on March 11, kicking off a spending spree the Ravens aren't likely to be a major part of. They are more likely to focus on keeping some of their own free agents, a task they have already started to take on. But they won't be able to keep all of them. So who should be the priority?
In this week's Five for Friday, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel ranks, in order, the five Ravens free agents the team should prioritize based on team need, cost and productivity.
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2. Tight end Dennis Pitta( Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun / December 8, 2013 )
The Ravens are expected to focus most of their energy on retaining both Monroe and Pitta. While keeping Pitta is not as important as the stability at left tackle, the veteran tight end -- or is he a slot receiver? -- is a close second. Pitta has developed quite the rapport with Flacco, and the major injury he suffered during training camp was one of the reasons the Ravens offense got derailed in 2013. The offense's struggles in his absence should strengthen his case in contract negotiations. The franchise tag could come into play here, but it would be in the best interest of both parties to not let it get to that.