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Chester Pitts Keeping Interest in Him Alive

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Chester Pitts Keeping Interest in Him Alive

Free agent guard Chester Pitts is still recovering from a knee injury that not only ended his 2009 season, but likely ended his career with the Houston Texans, the only franchise he's played for.

The injury also potentially cost him millions of dollars on the free agent market.

Still, Pitts says that when he's healthy, he'll have suitors. Pitts believes his most likely landing spot is with the Seattle Seahawks, where Alex Gibbs, his former offensive line coach, currently works.

"I’d say they’re [the Seahawks] the front runner for greatest need and best fit," Pitts told David Dalati of FoxSportsHouston.com. "I’ve talked with several teams. I actually had Minnesota call last week and want to know where I was (in the rehab process)."

Pitts visited with the San Francisco 49ers earlier this off-season, as well. The 49ers used both of their first-round picks in the 2010 NFL Draft on offensive linemen, including the 17th overall pick on University of Idaho guard Mike Iupati, who is expected to start at left guard, the position Pitts has primarily played since being chosen with the 50th overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft.

The Seahawks were interested in Pitts, bringing him in for a visit in March. A few days before the 2010 NFL Draft, though, the Seahawks signed guard Ben Hamilton to a one-year contract worth over $2 million dollars. Like Pitts, Hamilton has a lengthy history with Alex Gibbs, and the Seahawks have referred to Hamilton as an on-field coach for Russell Okung, a left tackle the Seahawks used the sixth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft on, and who they hope will anchor their offensive line for the next decade.

With restricted free agent Chris Spencer working at center with the first-team offensive line during the team's recent mini-camps, and 2009 second-round pick Max Unger penciled in at right guard, it no longer appears that the Seahawks have a starting opportunity to offer Pitts, who'll turn 31 before he's medically cleared for football activity this summer.

Pitts also met with the Detroit Lions, who traded a fifth-round pick to the Seahawks for restricted free agent Rob Sims, who is slated to be their starting left guard in 2010.

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