Baltimore Ravens

Source: Ravens offer contract to tight end Ed Dickson

Veteran free agent tight end Ed Dickson has been offered a contract to return to the Ravens, according to a source.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have also offered Dickson a contract.


Dickson has drawn interest from other NFL teams, including the Buffalo Bills, who re-signed tight end Scott Chandler after the start of free agency, the New York Jets and the New York Giants.

The Ravens re-signed tight end Dennis Pitta to a five-year, $32 million contract prior to free agency. Pitta and former Maryland tight end Matt Furstenburg are the only tight ends on the current offseason roster, so the team needs depth at the position.


Dickson, 26, started 14 of 16 games last season and caught 25 passes for 273 yards and one touchdown.

A 2010 third-round draft pick from Oregon, Dickson has caught 111 career passes for 1,178 yards and seven touchdowns in four NFL seasons.

Dickson struggled at the start of the season after pulling his hamstring during training camp after Pitta fractured and dislocated his hip during training camp.

Dickson returned for the season-opener against the Denver Broncos.

In 2011 as the Ravens' primary tight end, Dickson caught a career-high 54 passes for 528 yards and five touchdowns. During that season, he caught a career-high 10 passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns against the Seattle Seahawks.