Earlier today, NFL.com's Jason La Canfora reported that free agent offensive guard Chester Pitts worked out for two interested teams in Arizona. Visits with two additional teams were are also on Pitts' schedule for later this week. As I mentioned back in May, the Eagles have shown a fair amount of interest in the 31 year old lineman, who many scouts have labeled one of the best remaining players on the free agent market. Besides the Eagles, other teams have been mentioned in connection with Pitts, including the Vikings, 49ers, Lions, Dolphins and Seahawks. Vikings VP of player personnel Rich Speilman recently stated that his team has no interest in signing Pitts, and the 49ers' interest level has gone way down since they used a first round draft pick on Idaho guard Mike Iupati. Could the Eagles be one of those four teams still interested?
Signing him wouldn't be the worst of ideas. Although aging and coming off of season-ending microfracture surgery, Pitts has starting experience which could prove invaluable during our offensive line's period of uncertainty. With center Jamaal Jackson still recovering from his ACL tear, our depth at guard will be weakened as either Nick Cole or Mike McGlynn is called to the starting lineup. Starting right guard Stacy Andrews is still a bit of an unknown, as his ACL recovery process rendered him ineffective for most of 2009. With a longtime starter like Pitts, the Eagles would have a nice insurance policy in case one of any number of disasters occurs over the course of the preseason. And with this team, it can never hurt to prepare.