Ravens bring in Visanthe Shiancoe at TE, with Dennis Pitta out for season
“Dennis is out for the year,” Harbaugh said, via the Baltimore Sun. “It’s the type of thing he’s not going to be able to come back from this year. There’s enough damage in there.”
It already became pretty apparent that Pitta won’t be returning any time soon, after the Ravens signed free agent tight end Visanthe Shiancoe to a one-year contract earlier in the day. Harbaugh said he didn’t believe the injury will interfere with Pitta’s ability to return next season. But it remains to be seen how long the Pitta’s career lasts in Baltimore, with the fourth-year player being in the last year of his contract.
For now the Ravens will be focused on replacing Pitta’s replacement after he emerged as key player on the offense during the Ravens’ Super Bowl run last season. Pitta recorded 61 receptions for 669 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012. During the four playoffs games, Pitta hauled in 14 catches for 163 yards and three touchdowns. Pitta was expected to play a bigger role this season with the Ravens trading away wide receiver Anquan Boldin in spring. Shiancoe could end up earning some of Pitta’s playing tie on the Ravens’ offense.
Now, has not played a full season for an NFL team since with the Minnesota Vikings in 2011. Shiancoe played five total seasons in Minnesota, amassing 243 receptions for 2,677 yards and 27 touchdowns over 148 career games. Shiancoe also spent the first four seasons of his career with the New York Giants. He played just four games for the New England Patriots last season.
"We're very excited to have him here. Played against him a number of times,” said Harbaugh. “He's been in the league a long time and has a great career."