The NFL's annual offseason free agent spending spree won't officially get underway until March 11, but the Ravens will have a $6.7 million decision to make within the next couple of weeks.
Or is it an $11.5 million decision?
The Ravens' evaluation of whether to use the franchise tag on tight end Dennis Pitta is complicated by the uncertainty of exactly how much it would cost. Would Pitta fall under the franchise tag number for a tight end or a wide receiver, a difference of nearly $5 million?
A similar debate is playing out in New Orleans, where the Saints might be forced to apply the franchise tag to their star tight end Jimmy Graham. If they do, it's widely assumed...