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Martellus Bennett could be another option for Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens need a pass-catching tight end, and Martellus Bennett topped all NFL tight ends in catches last season in Marc Trestman's offense.

With the Chicago Bears shopping Bennett before the draft (according to ESPN's Adam Schefter), it makes sense if the Ravens expressed interest in the Pro Bowl tight end. Bennett's value is likely increased by the fact the position is not very deep in this year's draft.

The Ravens certainly have the means to make a move. Their 10 picks are tied for second most of any team. The question is whether the Ravens want to make the financial commitment.

Bennett, 28, has two years remaining on a contract that pays him $5.1 million per season, which ranks 13th in the NFL and right behind Dennis Pitta. He wants a new deal, and it would take a contract that pays him $7.5 million per season to put him among the top five at the position.

The Ravens have a little more than $10 million in salary cap space, but they have to pay Pitta $4 million in guaranteed money this season whether he plays or not. A new deal with Bennett would devote a lot of money to the tight end position this season.

Bennett is intriguing because he is a proven commodity under Trestman, who was the tight end's head coach in Chicago for two seasons. He caught 90 passes in 2014, five more than any other tight end in the NFL.

The Ravens need a tight end because Owen Daniels signed with Denver in free agency, and it's unknown whether Pitta will play this season after having hip surgeries the past two years. Pitta said Saturday that it's too early to make a decision on his future.

But the Ravens can't bank on Pitta playing a full season even if he wants to return. He has missed 25 games the last two years.

Another trade possibility is Detroit's Brandon Pettigrew. The Lions drafted tight end Eric Ebron last season, and the Ravens were interested in Pettigrew in the 2011 draft. But Pettigrew, who caught a career-low 10 passes last season, won't make the same impact at Bennett.

The last time the Ravens made a trade during the draft was 2008, when they acquired cornerback Fabian Washington for a fourth-round pick.