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Ravens and Tight End Dennis Pitta Agree on a Five-Year Contract

Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Baltimore Ravens realize they need to start hanging onto their players if they want to get back to the playoffs and they've gotten off to a good start this off season as the team has agreed on a five-year contract with tight end Dennis Pitta.

Pitta's deal will pay him $32 million. The deal was announced by the team on Friday.

Even though he played in just four games last season, Pitta is a vital part of the Ravens' offense and is quarterback Joe Flacco's security blanket.

"Dennis creates a number of mismatch problems for defenses," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "He makes it tough on them, and because of that, he really helps out our wide receivers. Opponents always have to pay attention to where he lines up and where his routes take him. Dennis is also a big target with very good hands, and his presence in the red zone is very important to us."

In 2012, Pitta set career highs in catches (61), receving yards (669), and touchdowns (seven).

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