With word that free agent guard Chester Pitts has other visits lined up with Pittsburgh, Denver and Seattle one has to wonder if the other NFL clubs have offered competing for a starting job as an option. By the looks of the situation in Seattle that appears unlikely.
According to Seattle Post-Intelligencer Seahawks beat writer Greg Johns, the Seahawks signed veteran free agent guard Ben Hamilton earlier in the offseason to man their left guard spot, in part because Pitts had yet to fully recover from microfracture surgery on his knee. Only now is Pitts coming around to being fit to play.
Seattle appears to have their projected starters in place at the guard spots, so a reserve role looks to be the option for Pitts there, much like the situation would be in Buffalo with Andy Levitre and Eric Wood entrenched as the starting guards with the Bills.
Perhaps Pitts is holding out for an opportunity to compete for a starting role. What should be noted is earlier in the offseason Pitts declared Seattle as his frontrunner, and with them still in the mix one wonders if they should still be considered so based on Pitts’ past comments.
One thing weighing in Seattle’s favor is the presence of offensive line coach Alex Gibbs, who coached Pitts in Houston and is planning to employ his familiar zone blocking scheme, something Pitts already knows well. So even though he’d be signing late, he would be able to pick things up relatively quickly in such a situation.
It could be argued that his best chances to start of these four teams that have been mentioned are in Denver and Pittsburgh. That’s because in Denver the projected starting left guard is rookie Zane Beadles, a second-round pick out of Utah with his backup a 2nd-year player that was a former 4th-round pick in Seth Olsen. In Pittsburgh where starting RG Trai Essex could move out to right tackle to replace Willie Colon, there could be an opening at right guard with only 2nd-year former third rounder Kraig Urbik standing in his way.
Tags: Andy Levitre, Chester Pitts, Eric Wood
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