Pitta suffered his third major hip injury in four years during a non-contact play at an OTA practice last week, prompting questions about whether he’d be forced to retire.
The 31-year-old was coming off a spectacular 2016 campaign that made for one of the league’s more impressive comeback stories.
After being limited to just seven games over the three years prior, Pitta suited up for all 16 contests and finished the season with career highs in both receptions (86) and yards (729).
Pitta, originally a fourth-round pick in 2010, has played his entire NFL career with the Ravens. He’d emerged as one of the game’s most promising young tight ends before the hip issues began, posting 61 receptions for 669 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012.
The release saves Baltimore $2.5 million against the salary cap this season.
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