Report: Veteran OL Pitts A Possibility For Vikings

Posted by Mike Wobschall on May 19, 2010 – 8:11 am

We wrote this morning about rookie OL Chris DeGeare and his first day of OTAs, explaining that the versatile 5th rounder has an opportunity to fill a void on the Vikings depth chart that was created when Artis Hicks bolted for the Washington Redskins via free agency.

DeGeare won’t be the only individual vying for that job, though. There is a roster full of young OL who will work to show Vikings coaches that they are good enough for the job. Also, as Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune pointed out yesterday, it’s certainly not out of the question for the Vikings to add a veteran free agent to the mix.

One such example pointed out by Zulgad is Chester Pitts, an experienced G who was with the Houston Texans from 2002 through last season. Before the 2009 season, Pitts had started in all 112 career games; he played and started in 2 games last year before an injury derailed his campaign.

Pitts told Sirius NFL Radio last month that a handful of teams are interested in his services, including the Vikings, and that he will work out for teams on July 15. He is recovering from knee surgery and expects to be healthy enough to workout by that date. Pitts played LG in Houston but it’s widely believed he could transition to RG.

As Zulgad pointed out, Pitts – who turns 31 this June – could join the Vikings and compete with Anthony Herrera for the starting RG spot or he could join the Vikings and add depth to the Vikings OL while also providing veteran leadership.

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5 Responses to “Report: Veteran OL Pitts A Possibility For Vikings”

  1. By Pat the Viking on May 19, 2010 | Reply

    Chester Pitts ? What’s the word on him ? Is he’a an excellent pass protector ? Does he open lanes for RBs ? Has he been a Pro-Bowler in the past ?

    Can we develop him into a Pro-Bowler ?

    I know we are going to explore ALL options

  2. By mikewobschall on May 19, 2010 | Reply

    He started 16 out of 16 games from 2002 through 2008. He was a 2nd round pick out of San Diego State. He’s approximately 6-4, 310 pounds. Coming off knee injury and says he’ll be completely healthy for training camp.

  3. By Randy on May 19, 2010 | Reply

    He started 16 out of 16 games for the worst oline in the league at that time. Do we really want someone like that? i mean i dont know much about him but the fact he played for the texans doesnt thrill me.

  4. By jbork88 on May 19, 2010 | Reply

    i second that randy, but it would be good to add some kind of the depth to the o-line

  5. By Pat the Viking on May 19, 2010 | Reply

    IF he can prove, he can out perform and prove that he can be an asset to the team, sure –

    maybe the chemistry with the Texans wasn’t there.

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