[CHRONIC] Original Texan Pitts wants to stay on team

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  1. Texans34Life

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    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/fb/texansfront/6902127.html

    One Texans free agent who has remained in the background is guard Chester Pitts.

    Receiver Kevin Walter and punter Matt Turk have re-signed and cornerback Dunta Robinson has cast his lot with Atlanta; Pitts is watching, waiting and recovering from major knee surgery.

    “I definitely want to stay, but it's part of the business,” Pitts said. “I've known for a while (leaving is) a possibility. I've been here for eight years, and Houston's my home, but it's the nature of the beast.”

    Pitts, an original Texan, started 114 consecutive games — every one in team history — until he blew out his knee in the second game last season.

    “It's been wonderful for me here,” he said. “There's been some talk (with the Texans), but I wanted to see what is out there in the free-agent world for me. I've had four or five teams show interest, but nothing to where I had to jump on it. I should be 100 percent between May 1 and June 1. I don't think I want to wait that long to sign.”

    Even though Kasey Studdard played well in his place last season, Pitts hasn't given up on returning.

    “I can't say I won't be back for sure because you never know how things are going to work out,” he said. “I won't know I'm not coming back for sure until I sign with another team. We'll just have to wait and see.

    “I'm 30 years old, but I don't have the mileage on me that others have from playing the game from the time they're 6 years old. I don't feel worn down. I feel real good.”

    Pitts cleaned out his locker recently.

    “When your contract expires, it's not your locker anymore,” he said.

    Only time will tell if he gets that locker back.
     
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  2. Second Honeymoon

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    this is actually very good news. i was worried other team's would covet him more than we thought. sounds like teams are turned off by the injury last year and want to wait till he is 100%. maybe the Texans could bring him back at a team-friendly contract due to his unknown status. Sounds like he wants to be here.

    once i had heard he cleaned his locker out, i figured he was gone for sure. thats a bad sign.

    always been a big Chester guy.
     
  3. Thorn

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    I think it'd be real nice if he could finish out his careear here as a Texan in the playoffs. :)
     
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    With everybody's mom watching. Pitts has been a very undervalued Texan.
     
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    Pitts is/was my favourite Texan. I really wanted him to be the first career long Texan who retires as a Texan.

    C'mon Rick get it done!
     
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    It is in both Chester and the Texans' best interest to get him to the point he can pass a physical and then get a deal done.
     
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    I thought he may join Detroit to hang with E Salaam.
     
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    Salaam finished last season as a Texan.

    I've always been on the re-sign Pitts bandwagon. I think he still has a full tank and once fully healthy there isn't a doubt in my mind that he'd beat Studdard out for his position.
     


  9. El Tejano

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    I've always liked that when we lossed, Chester Pitts always looked as ticked off as I felt.
     
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    Is Salaam still with us then? I mean that's pretty good back up right there, for guard and maybe even for tackle.

    Chester made a significant point about himself when he talked about how he felt stating that he hasn't been playing since he was 6 years old so he doesn't have as much wear and tear as the other guys.
     
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    Salaam is an UFA. He hasn't ever played guard, always tackle.
     
  12. Ole Miss Texan

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    I hope we can sign Pitts to a friendly contract both fair to the Texans and himself. It appears there hasn't been overwhelming interest in him from other teams coupled with the fact he'd like to stay in Houston, I can see something getting done after the draft. If we don't come away with an OG they feel comfortable with, I think we re-sign Pitts. Pitts is one of my favorite players.

    We were lucky in 2008 that all our linemen played together the entire season, then in 2009 we found out what happens when one... or multiple starters get injured. Assuming Pitts is healthy I think he's penciled in as the starter because he's better than Studdard right now (not because of the contract). If not, I think he's quality depth and we know all too well that this is extremely important.

    I would be thrilled with an offseason of re-signing Pitts, Walter, DelJuan and Pollard, getting Demeco signed to a longterm deal, picking up Leigh Bodden to replace Dunta. If you can add another veteran OG and preferably a decent RB like Fargas or someone who gets cut closer to the season... we'd of made out like bandits. Then we've got the draft which looks really deep in multiple positions that we want. :kingkong:
     
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    Salaam came back to the Texans this past year. Detroit cut him midway through the season and he signed a prorated 1 year deal with the Texans. Both Pitts and Salaam are unrestricted free agents. I'd love to see them both on the Texans next year! :)

    Chester Pitts and Ephraim Salaam Super Bowl Ad:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPSqV6RnbrA

    Wendy's Commercial:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR8FvEIyZ9A

    On Ellen:
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pElAExMqTh4



    Good times, good times...
     
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    Is it possible that the Texans believe the return rate for this type of injury is very IFFY? Otherwise, I can't see why the F.O. would not be anxious to sign him unless he is expecting a bigger pay day than they can justify. Everyone generally agrees that guard and center were weak points in the OL last year and why would they let a contributor at OG and OT walk?
     
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    Return from microfracture surgery is very iffy.
     
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    wouldn't mind a resign because OG is a barren wasteland on this team. But a team friendly one, not a player friendly one. I think it's up to Pitts to say he wants to play team ball. It sucks for him a little but OG isn't a glamour position, he's not a big time player and he's off an injury. Never thought he was the problem with the OL though.
     
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    Pitts was on the radio yesterday afternoon around 3pm on 610am and he said then that he hoped to have something done within the next couple of days and look for it to be a one year deal. The reason for the one year deal was to prove that his knee was healthy and he was back to his old self. Plus he was about a month and half ahead of schedule.

    He feels that if his contract was up 2 years ago instead of this year that he would be "sitting pretty" financially but its part of the business.

    After listening to him, I feel that Chester will finish his career as a Texan!

    Podcast for you to listen from his interview
    http://www.sportsradio610.com/N-D--Kalu---Kyle-Kennedy/6208304
     
  19. Porky

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    That's great if it comes to pass. Always been a big Chester fan. the guy is just good people, works hard, classy, good personality on and off the field. A clean player who plays hard every snap, great background story, smart. I mean what else can you ask for as a fan?

    I just hope he comes back and plays at/near his former self as I feel he easily beats out Studdard in that case, and as a worst case I would like him on the team as a quality backup even if he can't go 100% on all snaps for 16 games due to the injury.
     
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    Great news and thanks for the info!
     

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