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Ravens slap second-round tender on Dennis Pitta

Baltimore tight end caught 61 passes in 2012. Joe Fortenbaugh

Print This March 11, 2013, 07:24 PM EST

Scheduled to become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2012 season, Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta picked a good season to post the best stat line of his three-year career.

Less than 24 hours before the start of the free agent frenzy, the Ravens picked as good a time as any to hit Pitta with a second-round tender.

Per Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the tender comes with a price tag of $2.023 million for the 2013 season, should Pitta sign his name on the dotted line. Any team in the NFL is now eligible to hand the BYU product an offer sheet, which would then provide the Ravens with an opportunity to match the deal. Should the Ravens decline in such a scenario, Baltimore would then be compensated with a draft pick.

The 27-year-old Pitta appeared in all 16 regular season games for the Ravens this past season, recording career highs in receptions (61), receiving yards (669) and touchdowns (7).

In addition to Pitta, Wilson reports that the Ravens have extended a tender to defensive lineman Arthur Jones and are expected to do the same with tight end Ed Dickson.

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