Offensive lineman Pitts joins Seahawks

  • Thu Jul 29th, 2010 10:39pm
  • Sports

By John Boyle Herald Writer

The Seattle Seahawks announced Thursday the team agreed to terms with veteran guard Chester Pitts.

Pitts started all 114 games he played for the Houston Texans since coming into the league as a second-round draft pick out of San Diego State. Pitts started his career as a left tackle, then moved to guard in 2006. Pitts played for current Seahawks line coach Alex Gibbs in Houston during the past two seasons. The Associated Press reports the contract is for one year and worth up to $2 million.

Pitts, 31, should give the Seahawks depth on the line, and could possibly compete for a starting job, though he is coming off of microfacture knee surgery. During the preseason, Seattle seemed set on a starting line of left tackle Russell Okung, left guard Ben Hamilton, center Chris Spencer, right guard Max Unger and right tackle Sean Locklear, but if Pitts is healthy, it is possible he could factor into the battle for playing time. At the very least he’ll provide veteran depth to a team that is thin along the offensive line.

To make room on the roster for Pitts, as well as rookie receiver Golden Tate, the team’s second-round draft pick who agreed to terms Wednesday, the Seahawks released defensive end Robert Henderson and linebacker Anthony Heygood.

Henderson came to Seattle in a trade for guard Rob Sims, and Heygood was signed to Seattle’s practice squad last season.

Hill’s trial delayed

The start of linebacker Leroy Hill’s trial on a domestic-violence charge was delayed until Aug. 20. The trial was scheduled to begin Thursday in Issaquah, but his attorney requested and was granted a continuance.

Hill has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree assault/domestic violence after an altercation involving his live-in girlfriend in April.

Herald Writer John Boyle: jboyle@heraldnet.com. For more Seahawks coverage, check out the Seahawks blog at heraldnet.com/seahawksblog