Report: Vikings Won’t Pursue Pitts

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 20, 2010 – 11:12 am

Earlier this morning we blogged that free agent OL Chester Pitts would be working out for NFL teams and that the Vikings were among a list of teams rumored to be interested.

As it turns out, those rumors appear to be false.

According to a blog from the Star Tribune’s Judd Zulgad – who points to a tweet from KSTP-TV sports director Joe Schmit – the Vikings won’t be pursuing Pitts after all. Schmit played golf with Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman at a charity event recently and then tweeted this information afterward.

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Free Agent OL Pitts To Hold Workout Today

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 20, 2010 – 7:33 am

Outside of RB Brian Westbrook and maybe WR Terrell Owens, the free agent I field the most questions about from Vikings fans is OL Chester Pitts. For several weeks there’s been no update on Pitts’ free agent status or the Vikings potential interest in the player.

But today that changes because Pitts, who is coming off a knee injury and subsequent knee surgery, is holding a workout for any NFL teams that might be interested, according to this report from the Star Tribune’s Judd Zulgad (who pointed to a tweet from NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora.

Earlier in the offseason during a radio interview, Pitts named the Vikings among a series of teams that had recently called to inquire about the player. Many concluded from that information that the Vikings were interested in the 31-year-old OL. Although the Vikings have been coy regarding their potential interest in Pitts, there’s no question in my mind that, if healthy, Pitts would be a good addition to this roster. He would provide a solid veteran presence, depth behind starter Anthony Herrera at RG and he could even push for a starting spot somewhere along the line.

Granted, Pitts is coming off that knee injury and missed 14 games last season. But prior to this recent injury, Pitts had been extremely durable during his 7 previous seasons. He was a 2nd round pick (#50 overall) of the Houston Texans in 2002 and started all 16 games during his rookie season, and then all 16 games in the following 6 seasons leading up to his injury. In all, that’s 114 games played and 114 starts (primarily at RG).

The 6-4, 308-pound Pitts, a product of San Diego State University and native of Inglewood, CA, has good size and athletic ability. The question now, though, centers on his health following the injury and the Vikings level of interest.

Stay tuned, and let us know what you think by providing a comment below this entry.

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