Ravens' 2014 player signings
It has been a busy last month for the Ravens, who prioritized retaining their own players before and after the free-agent market opened.
They still have several needs, including a veteran center, either a right tackle or a left guard depending on where Kelechi Osemele settles, and a starting free safety. They also are looking to add depth at running back and tight end on offense, and defensive line, middle linebacker and cornerback on defense.
The Ravens still have about $9 million of salary cap space that they can utilize in free agency, but many of those needs will be filled in the draft.
Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec looks at their player moves so far:
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Dennis Pitta, tight end( KEVIN RICHARDSON / Baltimore Sun / March 5, 2014 )
Contract: five-years, $32 million
Date: March 5
What it means: The Ravens could ill afford to lose one of quarterback Joe Flacco's favorite targets, and they made sure that Pitta stayed in the fold without having to use the franchise tag on him. Pitta, whose importance to the Ravens' offense was never more evident than it was when he missed the first 12 games of 2103 after fracturing and dislocating his right hip, would have been one of the top tight ends on the free-agent market.
What they said: "Whatever we have to do to get it done where I can play in a Baltimore Raven uniform next year was a priority for me. Fortunately, we were able to get it done." -- Dennis Pitta