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Dennis Pitta potentially facing end of career after being waived by Ravens

Dennis Pitta potentially facing end of career after being waived by Ravens

Dennis Pitta's career with the Ravens is officially over after his latest hip injury suffered during the team's OTA session last week. 

The franchise announced Wednesday that used an injury waiver to release Pitta, which The Baltimore Sun reports will save the Ravens $2 million in cap space. 

Though there has been no official statement as yet on the move, general manager Ozzie Newsome spoke glowingly about the tight end Friday after he suffered the injury.

Via Ravens.com:

“Dennis is one of the great Ravens, and he has done everything he can to make our team better." 

According to NFL Network, doctors have confirmed that Pitta dislocated his hip, as originally feared. 

It will mark the third and likely last hip injury of the BYU product's career. 

The hip trouble began in 2013 when Pitta fractured and dislocated the joint during training camp. And then it happened again just a few weeks into the 2014 season. 

After two surgeries and three missed seasons, Pitta made a triumphant return to play in all 16 games for the Ravens in 2016. He led all tight ends with 86 receptions last season. 

The Ravens brought on undrafted rookie tight end Barrett Burns to fill Pitta's vacant roster spot. The 6-4, 250 pound Burns played college football for Appalachian State. 

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Amid Eric Decker rumors, Ravens front office now shifts attention to offensive line

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Amid Eric Decker rumors, Ravens front office now shifts attention to offensive line

Following the signing of veteran receiver Jeremy Maclin, the Ravens were rumored to be a potential suitor for Eric Decker after his release from the New York Jets. 

Although receiver is a position that must improve, Baltimore owner Steve Bisciotti recently made it clear that the team needs to address the offensive line now. 

The Ravens offensive line faces major changes after right tackle Ricky Wagner signed with the Detroit Lions this offseason, center Jeremy Zuttah was traded to the 49ers, and guard Marshal Yanda is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. 

In the 2016 draft, the Ravens took Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley with the 6th overall pick. Stanley had an impressive rookie campaign, earning AFC North Rookie of the Year in a season where he only allowed three sacks while blocking for Flacco. 

The team added some young talent in this year's draft as well, taking guard Nico Siragusa (No. 122) and Jermaine Eluemunor (No. 159) both in the fourth round. 

However, it is unsure if either rookie is ready to be thrown into the starting offensive line right away.

The Ravens front office may have just made a big splash when signing Jeremy Maclin, but they aren't quite done fixing an offense that has suffered many departures over the years. 

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In addition to signing a two-year deal with the Ravens, WR Jeremy Maclin is getting free crab cakes for life

In addition to signing a two-year deal with the Ravens, WR Jeremy Maclin is getting free crab cakes for life

Like they said in Wedding Crashers: "Crab cakes and football, that's what Maryland does!"

When word got out last week that veteran WR Jeremy Maclin was meeting with the Ravens to possibly pen a deal, one Maryland restaurant took matters into their own hands. 

Jimmy's Seafood, a well known seafood restaurant in Dundalk, Maryland, tweeted at Maclin and presented him with a delicious incentive. 

On Monday, Maclin signed a two-year deal with the Ravens. Maclin was also in talks with the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles, but I guess he prefers crab cakes over buffalo wings and cheese steaks. 

Soon after the deal became official, Maclin responded to Jimmy's Seafood's tweet.

The restaurant has strong relationships with many current and former Ravens such as Tony Jefferson, Torrey Smith and Jonathan Ogden.

CEO of the restaurant, John Minadakis, isn't too worried about supplying the wide receiver with as many crab cakes as he would like.

"How many crab cakes can one person eat?" Minadakis said. "It's not going to take us out of business. That's for sure."

The restaurant is even willing to offer up the same deal to other potential Ravens prospects like Eric Decker, who was released from the Jets on Monday.

Whether or not their offer had that much of an effect on Maclin's decision, the man will be eating good for a very long time. 

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