Pitts to visit Lions, 49ers

Former Texans OG Chester Pitts will meet with the Lions and 49ers. (Paul Spinelli / Associated Press)

It’s not too often we speculate about the free-agency future of offensive guards. They don’t make headlines. But, such is the case as the “second wave” of free agents make visits around the league, and the news wires have taken a momentary break.

Word is that former Texans OG Chester Pitts is visiting the Lions Wednesday and also has a visit scheduled with the 49ers on Thursday, according to Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

Pitts had already said during a SIRIUS Radio interview that four teams had shown interest in him:  Detroit, Seattle, Cincinnati and Miami.

Pitts, who missed almost all of last season with a knee injury, is an intriguing play among free agents if he’s healthy — he started 114 consecutive games before the injury. NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan tells me Pitts is a starter if he passs a physical, and has him ranked as the third-best available player among guards, behind unrestricted free agents Stephen Neal (re-signed with Patriots) and Bobbie Williams of the Bengals. Williams, according to The Enquirer, is at a “standstill” in talks with the Bengals.

As with the visit by DT Anthony Hargrove earlier this week, there’s thought a signing could tip the Lions’ hand regarding the No. 2 overall pick.

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