Dennis Pitta's base salary in 2016 went from $5 million to $1 million as part of the contract restructuring that the tight end agreed to with the Ravens this week.
Pitta, who has played just three games over the past two seasons because of a twice fractured and dislocated right hip, wants to return to the field in 2016, and Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said the organization will give him a chance to do that.
Pitta, 30, was entering the third season of a five-year, $32 million deal signed in February 2014.
With the contract restructure, his 2016 salary cap number goes from $7.2 million to $3.2 million, saving the Ravens $4 million under this year's cap. The Ravens currently have over $11 million in cap space, which is more than enough to sign this year's rookie class and make a few modest free-agent signings if they so choose.
Pitta has no more guaranteed money on his contract, so he's going to have to prove that he is healthy and stay with the Ravens to make the $1 million in base salary in 2016.
An injury waiver was also added to Pitta's contract over the final three years, which protects the Ravens in the event that the tight end re-injures the right hip.