Dennis Pitta signs tender with Ravens

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Joe Flacco remains united with one of his favorite targets.

The Baltimore Ravens ensured their offense remains potent on Monday, as tight end Dennis Pitta signed his restricted free-agent tender -- keeping him with the organization through 2013.

Pitta will earn just over $2 million, according to Ravens.com, and more importantly gives quarterback Joe Flacco his safety net. Since becoming a featured part of the offense in 2011, he's amassed over 100 targets and 1,000 yards receiving. At 6'4, he's also one of Baltimore's most reliable end zone receivers, catching 10 touchdowns over this time period.

The year will buy Pitta and the Ravens time to hammer out a long-term deal, or for Baltimore to move in a different direction. It remains to be seen how Ozzie Newsome will manage the team's finances moving forward in the wake of Joe Flacco's extension. Baltimore has promising options at tight end, should they decide to part ways with Pitta following the season. Ed Dickson was the team's primary tight end in 2011, while the versatile Kyle Juszczyk was selected in the fourth round of the NFL draft, and can play both tight end and fullback.

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