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Carroll County Times

Retaining Pitta a priority for Ravens

OWINGS MILLS - The Ravens have 14 players set to become unrestricted free agents. Tight end Dennis Pitta may be their biggest priority among those soon-to-be free agents.

"Going forward, we would like to have Dennis on our football team," Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome said Wednesday during the team's annual "State of the Ravens" news conference.

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Pitta missed most of this season after fracturing and dislocating his hip early in training camp, but he had 61 catches for 669 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012, and he had 20 catches in the four games he played in this year after returning from the hip injury.

"We saw Dennis for three weeks before we put him on the field, and he still has the skills and the skill set to be a very productive receiver in this league," Newsome said, later adding, "He is a mismatch for defenses, and I've seen other teams in the league kind of take that prototype and use it now - having a guy like Dennis on their team and the matchup problems that it presents."

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The Ravens' brass will meet in Jupiter, Fla. this weekend to put together their plan for the offseason.

"He is someone we will be talking about down in Jupiter, and we'd like to have him," Newsome said. "There are no guarantees. [That is] one thing about this business."


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