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5 former Utah college stars who could be impacted this NFL offseason

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 13 2013 4:37 p.m. MST

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In reality, former BYU tight end Dennis Pitta likely isn't leaving the Super Bowl champion Ravens, even though he is a restricted free agent. Pitta is coming off his best season in the NFL, where he had 61 receptions for 669 yards and seven touchdowns in the regular season, and added 14 catches for 163 yards and three scores in the postseason.

The interesting storyline here will be what happens with the team's quarterback Joe Flacco, who is a close friend of Pitta's.

Flacco, the Super Bowl MVP and an unrestricted free agent, could sign a long-term contract with the Ravens; there is a strong possibility the team could slap the franchise tag on him before the March 4 deadline, which would prohibit other teams from making Flacco any offers. That would mean Baltimore would owe the quarterback an expected $20 million next season, unless they sign him to a long-term deal after applying the franchise tag.

"We have always had confidence in him and on the biggest stages, he performs the best," Pitta said of his quarterback after Super Bowl XLVII.

In the event Baltimore doesn't apply the franchise tag to its quarterback, a team that has reported interest in Flacco is Cleveland.

Flacco told media members the Monday after the Super Bowl he's optimistic he will receive a long-term contract with Baltimore.

"There’s all kinds of crazy things that can happen with these contracts that we’ve all seen before, but this is a great organization," Flacco said. "I love being (in Baltimore), great city, so I don’t really anticipate any problems."
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Lonster
Sandy, UT

Collie is good when he's not injured, but then so is Greg Oden. I understand there are some NBA teams actually considering signing Oden, so signing Collie, injury history and all, will likely happen.

owlmaster2
Kaysville, UT

Austin Collie is too fragile to play more than 2 to 3 games a season. Oden does play half the season. lol sometimes.
The Eagles could easily use Alex Smith.... Michael Vick can't finish a season unhurt.

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