Pitta (hip) was released with an injury waiver by the Ravens on Wednesday, Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official site reports.
Pitta's tenure with the Ravens ends after the tight end dislocated his hip last week at OTAs. It's the third hip injury in the past four years for Pitta, putting the future of his career into question at this point. The 31-year-old was coming off his best season with the Ravens, as he recorded a franchise-best and NFL-leading 86 receptions for tight ends. Pitta was a fourth-round selection by the Ravens in 2010 and totaled 224 receptions for 2,098 yards and 13 touchdowns over his six-year stint with the team. Not to mention, he was an integral part of the Ravens' Super Bowl Championship run back in 2013, catching a touchdown in the contest. The Ravens are now left with veteran Ben Watson at tight end, who himself is recovering from an Achilles injury, which could bring Crockett Gilmore (shoulder) and Maxx Williams (knee) more into the fold this season.
Pitta received confirmation Friday that he dislocated his hip, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Pitta suffered the injury while laying out for a catch during Friday's OTA, and he couldn't put any weight on the leg with the afflicted hip afterward. The development marks his third hip injury in four years, which limited him to seven outings between 2013 and 2015 before logging a full 16-game slate last season. With relative health on his side, he put together the most substantial campaign of his career in 2016, racking up a franchise-best and NFL-leading 86 receptions for tight ends. Now, though, he may never take the field again, as doctors are attempting to "put (his) hip in," per Garafolo, who also noted that Pitta is "expected to retire." If Pitta indeed opts to hang up the cleats, Ben Watson (Achilles), Crockett Gillmore (shoulder) and Maxx Williams (knee) are the candidates to fill the void at tight end.
Pitta suffered a hip injury at Friday's OTA and is being sent for further testing, Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official website reports.
This is extremely concerning news for Pitta, as it marks his third hip injury since 2013, and though the test results have yet to come back, the Ravens' website referred to Friday's injury as "major." Pitta reportedly injured his hip Friday laying out to make a catch, but there was no contact from any defenders in the area. He was unable to put any weight on his leg as he attempted to get back to the huddle. Pitta was primed to be the Ravens' top tight end once again after posting a career-high 86 receptions in 2016 -- his first full season back from his prior hip injuries. If Pitta's injury is as bad as feared, the Ravens will have to lean on the likes of Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams to fill the void at tight end.
Pitta has agreed to a restructured deal to remain with the Ravens, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports.
Entering the free agency period, there was a chance that Pitta could have been a salary cap casualty to make room for Baltimore's other signings on the other side of the ball. However, Pitta has agreed to restructure in order to remain with the Ravens for at least one more season. Pitta was the third-most targeted tight end in the league last season with 121. He ultimately reeled in 86 receptions for 729 yards as he primarily worked close to the line of scrimmage as quarterback Joe Flacco's safety valve. With Pitta back in the fold for Baltimore, it drives down the values of Maxx Williams, Crockett Gillmore, and Ben Watson.
Pitta may be asked to accept a pay cut for a second straight offseason, BaltimoreRavens.com reports.
After missing most of 2014 and all of 2015 with hip injuries, Pitta bounced back with a shockingly productive age-31 season, catching 86 passes for 729 yards and a pair of scores. His surprisingly large role was largely a product of injuries, with fellow tight ends Ben Watson (Achilles) and Crockett Gillmore (shoulder) combining for just seven appearances. Pitta and Watson may be asked to take pay cuts or else be released, as Baltimore has some younger (and cheaper) options at the position in the form of Gillmore, Nick Boyle and 2015 second-round selection Maxx Williams. Pitta accepted a salary reduction to stay with the team in 2016, only to recoup most of the money through performance incentives. He's scheduled for a $7.7 million cap hit in 2017.
Pitta led his team with 11 catches for 91 yards on 16 targets in Sunday's season finale against the Bengals.
Pitta was heavily involved in the offense down the stretch, finishing with 19 catches for 166 over the season's final two weeks. He set new career highs with 86 receptions and 729 yards, but found the end zone only twice. Still, this was a terrific bounce-back campaign considering the 31-year-old tight end missed all of 2015 due to a dislocated hip.
Pitta hauled in eight of 11 targets for 75 yards in Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Steelers.
The veteran tight end led the Ravens in receptions and targets on the afternoon, posting his best effort since Week 13 versus the Dolphins. Pitta hasn't made as many plays downfield this season as earlier in his career, when he'd yet to be felled by a pair of serious hip injuries. However, he's managed a personal best in receptions (75) and needs just 32 yards in the finale against the Bengals to eclipse the career-high 669 receiving yards he compiled back in the 2012 season.
Pitta caught both of his targets for a total of 16 yards in Sunday's win over the Eagles.
Baltimore went to the air just 30 times Sunday after attempting 35 or more passes in five consecutive contests, which resulted in several Ravens pass catchers seeing a decreased target volume. Even so, it was still surprising for Pitta to see just two passes thrown his way Sunday. He's now two weeks removed from his nine-catch (11 targets) outing that netted a pair of touchdowns, and that outing continues to look more and more like an aberration. He has a total of six catches for 34 yards on seven targets in his last two games combined. Although Pitta won't likely be left out of the game plan in Week 16 the way he was against Philadelphia, the idea of him seeing double-digit targets in a single game again seems far-fetched.
Pitta caught four of five targets for 18 yards in Monday's loss to the Patriots.
A week after exploding for nine catches and two touchdowns against the Dolphins, Pitta seemingly disappeared in Monday's loss in Foxborough. His target volume fell by the wayside while fellow tight end Darren Waller saw two red zone targets on consecutive plays. Pitta remains a viable option at tight end for fantasy purposes thanks to his role in the offense, but showings like Monday's are more in line with what can be expected from Pitta than his Week 13 explosion.
Pitta caught nine passes (11 targets) for 90 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's victory over the Dolphins.
Pitta found the end zone for the first time in three years, as the 31-year-old tight end had a monster day against Miami on Sunday. He was the team's leading receiver, and it was his first game since Oct. 9 with more than 50 receiving yards. Pitta now has 23 targets over his last three games, but it remains to be seen if he can put up similar numbers going forward.
Pitta caught three of five targets for 34 yards in Sunday's win over the Bengals.
The veteran tight end is now up to 52 receptions on the season, which puts him seven behind Washington's Jordan Reed for the league lead among tight ends. Unfortunately, Pitta's role in the offense has resulted in a meager 8.4 YPR mark and he's yet to score a touchdown in 2016. He remains a focal point in the offense, as evidenced by his 76 targets, but he rarely gets the ball deep down the field or in space to pick up chunk yardage.
Pitta caught three of five targets for 30 yards in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys.
Aside from a three-target game against the Steelers in Week 9, Pitta has seen five or more targets in every game since the season opener. He only wound up with three receptions Sunday, but he converted those catches into 30 yards for a 10.0 YPR mark that is respectable for a tight end who primarily gets looks as a checkdown option. He'll draw a favorable matchup Sunday against a Bengals defense that ranked 29th in the NFL in DVOA versus opposing tight ends heading into Week 11.
Pitta secured all six of his targets for 26 yards in Thursday's 28-7 win over the Browns.
The veteran tight end only posted a 4.3 YPC, but he did lead the Ravens in receptions on the night. While that figure was his lowest on the season, the six catches did equal Pitta's second-highest total of the campaign. However, the emergence of Mike Wallace, and to a lesser extent, Breshard Perriman, as downfield threats have affected Pitta's overall role in the offense.
Pitta caught two passes for 14 yards on three targets in Sunday's win over the Steelers.
The absence of No. 2 TE Crockett GIllmore (thigh) created some hope Pitta could see some extra snaps and targets, but the 31-year-old ultimately established a new season-low mark in the latter category. Baltimore's lack of pass attempts (31) far outweighed the impact of Gillmore's absence, and Steve Smith returned from an ankle injury to draw a team-high seven targets. Pitta has a favorable matchup against the Browns on Thursday, but with the Ravens clear favorites at home, volume could be an issue for the second straight week.
Pitta plucked four of 10 passes from the air for 40 yards in Sunday's loss to the Jets.
Another game, another so-so performance for Pitta. The problem for Pitta hasn't been targets -he has had at least eight in five of seven games -or catches - at least six in four games. Rather, it's been a lack of big plays or touchdowns. Sunday was Pitta's first game averaging at least 10 yards per catch since Week 2 and the veteran remains scoreless on the season - a product of either lost chemistry with Joe Flacco after an extended time on the shelf or an overall anemic offense. He has been targeted inside the red zone in just one of Baltimore's first seven games.
Pitta caught six passes for 36 yards on a team-high 10 targets in Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Giants.
There were a few extra looks available for all of Baltimore's key pass-catchers, as the absence of top wideout Steve Smith (ankle) didn't prevent Joe Flacco from reaching 40-plus attempts for a fifth straight week. After drawing double-digit targets for the second time this season, Pitta is on a 16-game pace for 91 catches and 125 targets, albeit for a modest 787 yards. He still hasn't scored a touchdown and averages just 8.7 yards per catch, making him far more valuable in PPR leagues.
Pitta caught seven of eight targets for 59 yards in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Redskins.
Pitta finished second on the team in targets, and he finished with his second-best yardage and catch outputs of the season. Pitta has reestablished himself in the offense with 28 catches through five games, although he has topped 50 yards just twice and has still not scored a touchdown this season. Mike Wallace (undisclosed) appeared to suffer an injury Sunday, so Pitta could see some additional looks in Week 6 versus the Giants if the former misses any time.
Pitta caught three passes for 17 yards on five targets in Sunday's loss to Oakland.
The lack of big plays is nothing new, but it was surprising to see Pitta draw only five targets in a game in which Joe Flacco attempted 52 passes. Even with Steve Smith re-emerging as the team's go-to target, Pitta should be more involved in the coming weeks, starting with Sunday's game against Washington.
Pitta caught six of eight targets for 42 yards in Sunday's 19-17 win over the Jaguars.
Pitta was unable to match his totals from Week 2 when he torched the Browns for 102 yards on nine catches, but he still finished second on the team in both categories Sunday. The Ravens' skill positions are all rather muddled with serviceable options, but Pitta has reemerged as the go-to tight end and could carve himself a niche as a security blanket of sorts for Joe Flacco. He will draw a favorable matchup in Week 4 versus a Raiders team that has proven susceptible to strong tight end play over the last couple of seasons.
Pitta led the Ravens with 12 targets, nine catches and 102 receiving yards in Sunday's win over the Browns.
Pitta received just four targets in Week 1, but he was firmly on Joe Flacco's radar Sunday and was used often as Baltimore dug out of an early 21-point deficit. The structure of the Ravens' offense is tough to peg, given the lack of elite playmakers and a plethora of veteran options, but Pitta has emerged as the go-to option at tight end. He could play a sizable role again next week versus a Jaguars defense that have proven susceptible to strong tight end play in recent seasons.