Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta fights past corner back Chris Carr during practice at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta fights past corner back Chris Carr during practice at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. (DAVE MUNCH / Carroll County Times)

Saying the Ravens want to give Dennis Pitta another shot at a comeback, general manager Ozzie Newsome announced Wednesday the team has officially agreed to a restructured contract with the 30-year old tight end.

'Dennis wants to continue his playing career, and we want to give him that opportunity," Newsome said in a news release sent by the team. "We have reworked his contract, and we're execited to help him with his comeback. Everyone here wants Dennis to succeed."


Neither side has divulged details of the new deal, which Pitta signed Tuesday at the Under Armour Performance Center. The tight end, who has played in just three games over the past two seasons because of a twice-fractured and dislocated right hip, had been due to make a $5 million base salary in 2016.

His new contract will drop that number significantly, but incentives will give him a chance to make some of the money back.

Pitta is expected to join his teammates Monday for the start of the offseason workout program.

"I am thankful for the opportunity to continue my career," Pitta said. "I'm excited to get back to work with my teammates and for this organization. Physically, I feel great and am ready to begin building toward a successful 2016 season."

One of the heroes in the Ravens' 2012 Super Bowl run, Pitta fractured and dislocated his hip for the first time during training camp before the start of the 2013 season. The injury happened again in September 2014, when the tight end went down without being contacted in the first half of a game against the Cleveland Browns.

Pitta practiced for three weeks with the Ravens during the 2015 season, but he ultimately wasn't cleared to return to game action and spent the season on the physically unable to perform list.

The Ravens will monitor his health and progress during the various summer minicamps before making a decision on Pitta's status before training camp.

Pitta is one of seven tight ends on the Ravens' roster after the team cut Chase Ford and Harold Spears the past two days.

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