Dennis Pitta keeps extending the hopes of Ravens fans and teammates alike.
Now, the details of how he took the risk out of his contract for the Ravens as he gives the comeback his best efforts this summer.
Dennis Pitta restructure has injury waivers for 2016, 2017, 2018 seasons, bases of $1M, $5.5M and $5.5M, cap figures $3.2M, $7.7M, $7.7M— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 15, 2016
Per NFLPA site, Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta's base salary in 2016 went from $5 million to $1 million as part of contract restructure.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) April 15, 2016
In comparing his restructure to the potential of a post 6/1 release, the Ravens initially have saved $4 million, which is $1 million less. But, the injury waivers added in will protect the Ravens if he goes onto Injured Reserve, saving vitrually the rest of the $1 million.
So now, it's really up the fate of the Ravens TE.
The Ravens Front Office remains cautiously supportive of Pitta, communicating to the public that they want him to succeed, but are not pressing for service that will have long-term negative effects on his health.
General Manager Ozzie Newsome summated this. "We’re excited to help him with his comeback. Everyone here wants Dennis to succeed."
The Ravens are now roughly $12 million under the salary cap, which is a better place than when they started this offseason, by far. They will need about $4.25 million of that to sign draft picks.
With Pitta following in the steps of his best buddy, who restructured his contract earlier this year in order to help sign free agents, the hope in Charm City is that the two will enjoy a lengthy and productive reunion on the M&T grass for some time to come.