Franchise tag in play for Dennis Pitta?

Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta was out for most of the 2013 season because of a dislocated hip sustained last summer. His absence accentuated how valuable Pitta was to the team and he performed well in the four games he did play to end the season. Because Pitta, a 2014 free agent, has proven to be a high-level receiving option on a team with few, it could be in the Ravens' best interest to take extra measures to keep him.