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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.



May 10, 2010 at 9:01 AM

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Chester Pitts still a consideration for Seattle

Posted by Danny O'Neil

The biggest change in personnel between Seattle's two three-day minicamps? That's easy. The offensive line.

At the three-day voluntary minicamp before the draft, Ray Willis was Seattle's first-string left tackle -- a position he never played in his first five years with the team -- while Mike Gibson was at left guard. Seattle's two back-up tackles at that minicamp were players on three-day tryouts.

Now, Russell Okung is the starting left tackle, paired next to veteran Ben Hamilton, who was signed as a free agent.

So that settles the line, right? Chris Spencer has been reinstalled as the first string center, Max Unger is at right guard and Sean Locklear at right tackle.

Well, from what Chester Pitts said to FOX Sports Houston in a recent story, Seattle remains more than just a possibility for his services.

"I'd say they're the front runner for greatest need and best fit."
   -- Chester Pitts on the Seahawks

Pitts is 30, a free agent from Houston who played for Alex Gibbs with the Texans. He's a guard, but he's also coming off of micro-fracture surgery after suffering a knee injury last season. He had started more than 100 games in a row before that.

Where would he fit? Depth is an issue along the line, especially since the Seahawks didn't draft an offensive lineman after choosing Okung with the No. 6 overall pick.

Pitts is hoping to be ready for practice when training camp opens. Of course, Seattle has a little bit of experience in the problems large men may experience coming back from microfracture surgery. Walter Jones never did get back, but that surgery is not always the death knell of a career, either. Linebacker Will Herring underwent the procedure in 2008, and he came back to play the following season.

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