The Ravens are in active talks with tight end Dennis Pitta, but remain “far apart” on numbers, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Unless that financial gap is bridged during a two-week window to use the franchise tag that began Monday and ends with an NFL deadline of March 3rd, a source predicted that the Ravens will designate Pitta as their franchise player.
Should that happen, a source predicted that Pitta would file a grievance through the NFL Players Association to be designated at the wide receiver franchise number of $11.5 million instead of the tight end tag of $6.709 million.
The primary argument, which would be heard by an NFL arbitrator, would be that Pitta played the majority of his snaps running routes as a slot receiver last season.
The uncertainty of how much it would wind up costing to retain Pitta as a franchise player is an issue for the team.