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OL Pitts signs with Seattle

Posted by Chris Brown on July 29, 2010 – 8:57 pm

Free agent OL Chester Pitts finally ended his free agent tour signing with the Seattle Seahawks.

Pitts confirmed it on his twitter account Thursday after making his free agent visit to Seattle. The Seahawks announced Pitts had agreed to terms a short time later.

Chester_Pitts I have a JOB!!!!!!! Felt like longest road ever at times, but just continued to grind…..hard work is good for you-it makes you STRONG!

The advantage that the Seahawks had in recruiting Pitts was his former offensive line coach in Houston, Alex Gibbs is on Pete Carroll’s staff in Seattle and will be implementing the same zone blocking scheme that Pitts is familiar with, so the learning curve despite joining the team late won’t be steep for him.

Pitts made a free agent visit to One Bills Drive on Monday.


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Pitts a reserve option in Seattle too

Posted by Chris Brown on July 27, 2010 – 12:44 pm

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.


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Other visits for Pitts

Posted by Chris Brown on July 27, 2010 – 8:46 am

According to NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora, Buffalo is not the only NFL team visit free agent OL Chester Pitts is scheduled to make.

Following his visit to One Bills Drive on Monday, Pitts has visits also lined up with Pittsburgh, Seattle and Denver this week.

Pittsburgh was one of the two teams that was on hand for his workout last week. Indianapolis was the other.

If any of the other interested NFL clubs offer him the chance to compete for a starting job, I’d be inclined to think he’d like his chances better with teams that don’t have two promising starting young guards like the Bills do in Levitre and Wood.

Pittsburgh is arguably the most in need of capable linemen after losing Willie Colon to a season-ending Achilles injury. We’ll see what shakes out this week.


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Pitts a proven player

Posted by Chris Brown on July 26, 2010 – 3:48 pm

Free agent guard Chester Pitts, who visited One Bills Drive on Monday, is a proven NFL lineman, so why isn’t he on an NFL roster yet?

Pitts suffered a knee injury in Week 2 last year that landed him on injured reserve. His recovery has been a long process, but he reportedly worked out for a pair of clubs last week (Pittsburgh, Indianapolis) and was no doubt put through an array of medical tests with the Bills.

I’ve got to believe if the medical opinion is that his knee is able to withstand the rigors of the NFL game that Buffalo would be interested in acquiring an eight-year vet with over 100 starts under his belt. There is certainly a risk, but weighing that risk is a call reserved for the chief decision makers at One Bills Drive.

What should be noted here is that the Bills likely see Pitts as veteran depth for the interior of their offensive line, not starting material. The club has a lot of faith and stock in Levitre and Wood at the guard spots.


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Chester Pitts update

Posted by Chris Brown on July 20, 2010 – 2:28 pm

After it was reported that free agent guard Chester Pitts was scheduled to work out for six teams, it turns out there were only two for whom he worked out on Tuesday.

That according to NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora in his latest twitter post.

Jason LaCanfora  Free agent OL Chester Pitts won’t make a quick decision on team after workout today for two teams. He’ll visit two other teams next week.

It’s unclear just how much Pitts is able to do in a workout coming off of microfracture surgery on his knee. He has visits scheduled with a pair of other NFL clubs next week, which means they’re likely to take place after training camp opens with those respective clubs. With that timetable, you’ve got to believe that nothing is imminent between him and the two teams that watched his workout Tuesday. Minnesota and Philadelphia were said to be interested, but recent reports expressed thoughts to the contrary by both clubs.

The Bills have not been mentioned as an interested party, but some veteran depth behind starters Andy Levitre and Eric Wood wouldn’t be a bad idea. Outside of Kirk Chambers the seven reserve guards and centers on Buffalo’s roster have a combined three games of NFL experience.


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