"I certainly have a desire to play and want to play and want to be a part of this team moving forward," said Dennis Pitta when asked about the possibility of playing next season. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta wished that he had more exciting news to share. But as he packed up the contents of his locker Monday, he acknowledged that not much has changed with his status.
"It's kind of the same," Pitta said. "I feel good physically, and I feel like I could go out and run and all that. It will be weighing the risks versus the rewards at this point. We'll do some thinking over the next few months in the offseason, get with the doctors again and go from there."
Pitta, 30, spent the entire 2015 season on the physically unable to perform list after his second comeback from a fractured and dislocated hip stalled. The tight end practiced for a couple of weeks, but he was ultimately shut down in November after a collective decision was made by him and his doctors.
Pitta originally said that if he didn't come back this season, he's not sure what would change in future seasons. However, he reiterated Monday that he's still not ready to retire.
"I certainly have a desire to play and want to play and want to be a part of this team moving forward. But we'll see how it plays out," said Pitta who has played in just seven games of the past three seasons. "Like we talked about, it's not entirely my decision. Certainly, I have a lot of weight in what my future holds, but it's not totally in my hands. We'll see. There's no timeline as far as when a decision is going to be made. We'll give it some time this offseason, and I'll certainly do some thinking and testing my body and hip."
In the meantime, Pitta acknowledged that he has thought about life after football. He is due to make $5 million next season, which could force the Ravens to make a difficult decision.
"At some point, we all move on from the game of football," Pitta said. 'Hopefully, it's not that soon for me, but if it is, I've certainly had to think about it and put some thought into it."
Even when it became clear that Pitta wouldn't return, the veteran stayed around the team and took part in meetings and film sessions, mentoring the Ravens' three young tight ends: Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle.