That's a strong bet after The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson reported Monday that Pitta and the team are "far apart" on numbers, according to sources. Unless the sides can strike an agreement before the March 3 franchise-tag deadline, the fifth-year pass-catcher is the organization's top candidate for the tag, Wilson was told.
What's next for Baltimore? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said on Monday's edition of NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" that he expects contract talks with Eugene Monroe, seen as the team's left tackle of the future, to begin at this week's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Look for Baltimore to also continue talks with Pitta's people in Indy, per Rapoport.
If the Ravens ultimately wind up tagging Pitta at the one-year, $6.8 million assigned to tight ends, Wilson was told Pitta might file a grievance through the NFL Players Association to be tagged as a wide receiver -- at $11.6 million -- after lining up in the slot on 79.7 percent of his routes this past season.
That's not a narrow gap to bridge, and we're looking for Pitta to be tagged before it's all said and done.