Free agent G Chester Pitts to visit 49ers next week

Thanks to nocal81 for getting a FanShot up on this, but I wanted to expand a bit on the issue.  Reports have surfaced that guard Chester Pitts will be visiting the 49ers later next week.  He's visiting the Lions on Wednesday, and will follow that with a visit to the 49ers.  While the 49ers have Chilo Rachal over at right guard, and arguably David Baas at left guard (depending on getting him re-signed), the guard position is not settled long-term.  Whether the team goes after MIke Iupati (always a chance he's switched over to OT), or goes through free agency, I'd imagine there will be another guard in camp come the end of July.

In the meantime, I'd imagine we all would like a little more info in advance of Pitts' visit to Santa Clara.  As nocal81 pointed out, feel free to check out his player bio at the Texans website.  For those looking for more details, Scouts Inc. had the following details in their scouting report on the 30-year old guard:

He has excellent size, agility and body control for the position and above average speed when pulling. He is a decent knee bender who works hard to try and leverage his blocks with a good pad level and understands blocking angles as well as hand use. He is not a bulldozer but can hold his own on the line when drive blocking and has the ability to sink his hips to bow up against some of the better bull rushers. He more of a finesse blocker than an overpowering one but he will flash the ability to cave things in with a down block. He is a quality starter who won't be the weakest link on this offensive line.

Given the Lions offensive line woes, I'd imagine Pitts might think he'll have a better shot at a starting job if he heads to the Motor City.  However, given the 49ers own offensive line issues, it will be interesting to see if they can convince him it's worth rolling the dice.

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