Texans free agent Pitts to visit Seahawks

Free agent guard Chester Pitts, who has spent his entire eight-year career with the Texans, has been making the rounds with several NFL teams. Today and tomorrow, he'll visit with the Seattle Seahawks, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

The connection to Seattle is obvious: Pitts played under new Seahawks offensive line coach Alex Gibbs for the past two seasons in Houston. Seattle is the third team to draw Pitts in for a visit, following the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers. Several reports also indicate that the Texans could be interested in retaining him.

Barrows offered up this nugget as to when Pitts hopes to come to terms on a new contract:

In a conference call last week with Bay Area reporters (and me!), Pitts said he would like to have a deal done in the next week or so. He had knee surgery in September, and he said that having access to an NFL's training facility is important for his rehabilitation. Pitts had microfracture surgery and had a tear in his lateral meniscus repaired. After starting every game his first seven seasons, Pitts started only two last year. He said he should be at full strength in one and half to two months. He said it's possible that he could take part in a team's June practice sessions. A more likely scenario is that he's held back until training camp begins in late July.

Pitts has been active on Twitter this offseason, posting free agency updates and corresponding with fans. You can follow the big guy's Tweets or send him a message at @Chester_Pitts.

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