Ravens “optimistic” about re-signing TE Dennis Pitta

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Baltimore Ravens head coach Jim Harbaugh is optimistic that the team will be able to re-sign tight end Dennis Pitta.

“I’m very optimistic,” Harbaugh said Friday at the NFL scouting combine, via the Baltimore Sun. “To my knowledge, both of those guys really want to be here and we really want them here. That’s a good formula for working things out.”

If a new deal for Pitta cannot be worked out the Ravens could always use the franchise tag but it’s unclear if Pitta would be viewed as a tight end or a wide receiver. As a tight end Pitta would cost about $6.7 million while as a wide receiver he would cost $11.5 million.

The Ravens are uncomfortable paying the wide receiver price for Pitta and that means he could hit free agency.

“I think every scenario is possible here,” Harbaugh said. “The franchise tag is very vague right now, so anything could happen.”

After missing the start of the season with a hip injury, Pitta returned for the Ravens final four games catching 20 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown.