BALTIMORE - Tight end Dennis Pitta will stay with the Ravens, at least for the next five years.
Pitta reached a 5-year deal with the Ravens Friday, Ravens spokesman Patrick Gleason confirmed.
The 4-year Ravens veteran was sidelined for 12 games last season because of an injury. The announcement of the deal comes one day after the team released fullback Vonta Leach and linebacker Jameel McClain from their contracts.
Prior to being injured, Pitta had a career year in 2012 when he caught 61 passes for 669 yards and 7 touchdowns. The new deal ends speculation that the Ravens would place the franchise tag on Pitta and gives them more flexibility to pursue other players and draft picks