Former Ravens Pitta, Heap, Forsett and Johnson join radio broadcast team for 2017

Dennis Pitta, left, celebrates with quarterback Joe Flacco after their second touchdown connection in the Ravens' 38-6 win over the Dolphins last season.

The Ravens are bringing back four prominent former players this season.

But it's not to fill any roster spots. The Ravens and broadcast partners 98 Rock/WBAL NewsRadio 1090 announced today that Dennis Pitta, Todd Heap, Justin Forsett and Jarret Johnson will each join the radio broadcast team for four games.


They will team with play-by-play man Gerry Sandusky and former Colts linebacker Stan White for the 2017 regular season.

In mid-July, the Ravens shook up the TV broadcast lineup by bringing in former Ravens coach Brian Billick and sideline reporter Evan Washburn. Along with Sandusky, Billick and Washburn have worked the first two games on WBAL-TV and will be on the air for Saturday night's third preseason game against the Bills.


At the time of the TV announcement, Cary Pahigian, the station's president and general manager, said there was still "some fine tuning" to be done in setting the the radio team.

The fine tuning starts on Sept. 10 when Pitta will be in the booth for the Ravens-Bengals game in Cincinnati. He'll do the first four games, followed by Heap for games 5-8, Forsett (games 9-12) and Johnson (games 13-16) will close out the season.

"We are excited to expand our comprehensive Ravens radio coverage," Pahigian said in a statement. "Dennis, Todd, Justin and Jarret will provide a unique perspective and insight."

The Ravens are happy to bring back "several all-time fan favorites," president Dick Cass said.

"Much of our franchise's success was built on the terrific contributions they made – both on the field and in the Baltimore community," Cass said in a statement.

Qadry Ismail, who had served as the radio analyst, is expected to have a role on pregame and postgame shows.