The Ravens released tight end Dennis Pitta five days after reinjuring his right hip and putting his career in question.
Ravens announce that they’ve released TE Dennis Pitta with an injury waiver. After third hip dislocation, Pitta’s career could be over.
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) June 7, 2017
Baltimore didn’t have to give an injury settlement to Pitta because he signed a waiver after fracturing his hip in 2013 and 2014. Releasing Pitta clears $2.5 million in cap space for the Ravens, who are looking to add a wide receiver in the near future.
This is not Pitta’s first run in with hip injuries. Pitta originally fractured the hip in 2013 after a collision during practice.
Pitta only played seven games between 2013 to 2015 due to nagging hip problems. After only playing three games in 2014, Pitta dislocated the same hip and was shut down the rest of the season.
Pitta was one of the only bright spots in an otherwise disappointing season where he led NFL tight ends with 86 catches, and seemingly was able to move past the nagging hip problems. Unfortunately now, Pitta’s career with the Ravens is over.
Baltimore has now lost three of their top four targets in Steve Smith’s retirement, Kamar Aiken’s free agency loss, and Dennis Pitta’s perhaps career ending injury and resulting cut.
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Somewhat luckily, Baltimore have considerable depth at the tight end position. Even without Dennis Pitta the Ravens still have Benjamin Watson, Crockett Gilmore, Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle to fill the vacancy.