By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
12:55 PM EDT, April 20, 2013
The NFL deadline to sign restricted free agents to offer sheets expired late Friday night without any signings.
That includes Ravens restricted free agent tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson, with 11:59 p.m. coming and going without contract offers. So, both will be playing for the Super Bowl champions this fall.
If a team had signed either player to an offer sheet, the Ravens owned the right of first refusal to match or be given draft pick compensation.
Defensive lineman Arthur Jones has already signed his second-round tender of $2.023 million, making him off-limits for offer sheets from other teams.
Pitta drew some interest from the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers initially, but nothing materialized as far as an offer sheet. He was assigned a $2.023 million second-round tender.
The Ravens have stated they want to sign Pitta to a long-term deal after he recorded 61 receptions for 669 yards and seven touchdowns last season as well as 14 catches for 163 yards and three scores during the postseason.
Quarterback Joe Flacco said he won't offer his advice to Pitta about future negotiations.
"I'm pretty sure he knows what to do and his agent is giving him plenty of advice," Flacco said. "The last person he needs to hear it from is me."
A 2010 third-round draft pick from Oregon, Dickson was given an original-round tender of $1.323 million. He caught 21 passes last season, down from 54 catches the previous season.
The only restricted free agent to sign an offer sheet was Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders with the New England Patriots. However, the Steelers opted to match his one-year, $2.5 million contract to retain the former third-round draft pick from Southern Methodist University.