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Texans free agent OG Pitts visiting Seattle

Post by Eric Williams on March 23, 2010 at 3:16 pm with 38 Comments »
March 23, 2010 3:16 pm

The Seahawks are hosting Houston Texans unrestricted free agent Chester Pitts on a visit today and tomorrow, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. Pitts also has visited San Francisco and is in negotiations with the 49ers.

Pitts played left guard for the Texans under Alex Gibbs, so he would be a good fit for Seattle’s zone blocking scheme and could be a possible replacement for Rob Sims.

However, after starting 16 games for seven straight seasons, Pitts had microfracture knee surgery in 2009, missing the final 14 games of the year. So there are some concerns about his ability to come back from the injury. And he’s 30 years old, so Seattle needs to make sure they do their homework, particularly after Walter Jones struggled to get back on the field after microfracture knee surgery a year ago.

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  1. hambone08 says:

    It’s ok Eric, I heard the injury was to a “non-load bearing” portion of the knee…j/k

  2. kurtthekraut says:

    I swear,…if they bring in another old lineman coming off of Micro-Fracture surgery whose name is NOT Walter Jones,…im going to freak the *BLEEP* OUT!

  3. chuck_easton says:

    If he’s in negotiations with another team it would lead one to believe that he has possibly passed their physical.

  4. We all ready have one of these. Do they come cheaper by the set?

  5. If a player is young enough he can come back from micro surgery. Just ask Marcus Tubbs. Oh wait, bad example.

  6. If I take the burned Walter Jones situation out of what we went through last year, I would definitely like this signing (provided the medical staff feels he truly will be 100% by this summer). The experience under Gibbs could be invaluable for this upcoming season. Also of note, Gibbs did a good job two years ago of improving the Texans running game. They sucked in comparison this past year and much of that can be attributed of losing Pitts early in the season.

  7. Actually, Tubbs came back from microfracture. It was tearing his ACL in his other knee in the final preseason game against the Raiders that doomed his career.

  8. Houston used a first round pick in 08 for a LT. Hope Seattle does the same this draft.

  9. MattandCindy says:

    In case anybody was wondering, here is a good article on what microfracture surgery really is…

  10. seahawklovertoo says:

    Thanks Matt

  11. Dukeshire says:

    Here is an interesting tid-bit about Tebow. Apparently not everyone in enamored with his “leadership”.

  12. vichawkfan says:

    ONLY 30 years old, first serious injury (not sure about college) = not a bad risk if he passes.

  13. heyyou_66 says:

    He couldn’t do any worse than what we have gone through the last two seasons!!!!!! Experience with Gibbs is a big plus! Hope he is healthy and our FO can get it done

  14. I wish I could be hopeful about the Hawks, but……………… I expect us to suck for several years. This reminds me of the post Chuck Knox years where we were the laughingstock of the league.

  15. Dukeshire says:

    GM Schneider has begun framing a contract with Brandon Marshall. Whatever happens here, I pray they do not give up a first for him.

  16. chuck_easton says:

    Denver still thinks they are getting that #14. As long as it’s not the #6 but I still think any 1st rounder is too much given that nobody else even seems to be interested.

  17. Even if a team like the Jets gets in the running (they seem like the most legit team to enter these sweepstakes), they have a late first round pick.

    If the front office truly wants Marshall, he can be had for a 1st rounder.

    It makes no sense to offer Denver our #14. It does make sense to deal down a couple, three, four, etc. times from #14 and not even care if we get value for the trades since we know we’re going to trade a late 1st round pick for Marshall anyways. It’s just like pocketing 4th/5th round picks, while still giving up a 1st rounder for him.

  18. Dukeshire says:

    It’s so difficult to trade down reasonably once, let alone 3 or 4 times. With that, I’m against trading down at all or giving a 1st for him. If something else can be worked out, great. If it cannot, losing him to another team will not be the end of the world.

  19. Bobby, that’s a good idea.

    Did they tender him for a 1st and a 3rd or just a 1st? Maybe we can trade our #14 (1100 points) to a team like New Orleans for their 1st (590 pts) and 2nd or perhaps their 1st this year and next.

    The only problem with that scenario is that I think to sign the tender, we have to give up our own #6 pick or get Denver to agree to take a pick that we traded for. In that case, a team like the Jets would be back in the running because their #1 would be higher than what we would have left to offer.

  20. It’s kind of a waste to pay $8M per year for a player like BM when we’re a couple of years away from competing for a playoff spot. It would make the games more fun to watch, though. I really hope they work a deal that enables us to keep both our #1s. Maybe a Branch, Spencer, #60 deal or something like that.

  21. I remember hearing Brock Huard on ESPN 710 say that you can’t make pick-for-pick trades until the draft actually begins. You’d have to include players in the deals to make it work.

    Having said that, it becomes even more unlikely to trade down multiple times. I too, however, like BobbyK’s thinking.

    I wish actual GM’s had the creativity and cajones to make the types of trades that many of us message board GM’s propose.

  22. Dukeshire says:

    The problem with some of the “creative” proposals is that they are fun in conversation and fantasy, but when real players and very real dollars are involved, not to mention the various rules and constraints of CBA and player contracts, they become wildly unrealistic.

  23. Seahawks are in transition. None of the following players will be Seahawks on opening day, 2011: Hasselbeck, Julie Jones, Branch, Sims, Spencer, Kerney, Cole, Jennings, Hill.

    Forget Marshall, save the draft picks. Let the whole team peak at the same time.

  24. Chester Pitts has been playing for HOU since they drafted him in the 2nd rd #50 in ’02. He’s played every game ’till last season when he was only able to play in two games. Great guard who knew A.Gibbs ZBing scheme, but if HOU isn’t bringing him back, what’s the reason?

  25. I read somewhere that the Texans are letting him test the market, but they’re interested in resigning him too.

  26. @Dukeshire: I realize that, and I’m not saying that NFL GM’s should be reading everything we post, looking for ideas. I’m just saying I wish they wouldn’t be afraid to make some big splashes here and there.

    Could you imagine if ‘Jackie Z’ was in the NFL, and how fun it would be to watch him wheel-and-deal? I guess the closest thing to him that the NFL has right now is probably the guy pulling the trigger in Cleveland…

  27. Dukeshire says:

    I understood what you meant.

  28. Is there any news about Pitts visit yesterday?

    The type of MF surgery Pitts had is becoming quite normal whenever a clean- out of cartilage happens in order to allow the knee to recover from the removal of tissue.

    I’m dubious that SF would be negotiating with Pitts if they hadn’t been of the belief he’d make a full recovery.

  29. I don’t think it’s as hard as some do. If our FO knows they want Marshall, they can get him with a late 1st rounder. In the process of trading down from #14… I really don’t care if we supposedly get ripped off with respect to the trade value chart… if we get the player we want and add picks in the process, I consider that us ripping everyone else off…

    If we draft Dez Bryant and pass on BM though, that’s one scenario where I’ll be mad. Both are morons, but I’d rather have the sure fire moron you know for a fact won’t be a bust (since he’s already a Pro Bowler). Bryant is such a moron I have heard he doesn’t always show up for practices, is usually late for them, and doesn’t even show up for games on time. And I guess he acts like he’s a self-entitled jerk who can do what he wants. I know he probably can’t match Marshall on the domestic violence arena, but I’ve heard he has the personality where it won’t be a surprise if he does realize his “potential.”

  30. piperfeltcher says:

    The big advantage we have this year is the draft has been spread out over more days so just round 1 goes on thursday. Way I see it Denver has to get rid of Marshall so we sit back let the 1st round end and if no one has given Den. a 1st for him then we start to negotiate using our 2nd and maybe a 4th.

  31. Speaking of the draft, I know I can’t be the only west-coaster ticked off that it starts on a Thursday at 4:30 pm PST? What was wrong with it starting on a Saturday morning? I loved devoting a whole weekend to watching the draft…

  32. Southendzone says:

    This guy needs to sue Axe body spray. I am pretty sure their new campaign featuring the “Double Pitts to Chesty” is a direct rip-off of his name.

  33. chrisj122 says:

    I’m very exicted about this season! I think well go undefeated all the way and win the SuperBowl!!!! We can’t lose, cause we traded for JESUS himself!!!!!!!

    oooops, never mind this comment. Turns out it just some Cali beach bum.
    My bad.

  34. Dukeshire says:

    Lefty – I couldn’t have said it better myself. For years, Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon of the draft and the anticipation Friday night was one of the great football weekends of the year. I loved it. Now it will be another homogenized “prime time event” that will be sensationalized into oblivion. It’s the draft so it’s exciting regardless but this is almost as bad an idea as sending regular season games overseas.

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