Vikings guarding their options

The Vikings continue to look to upgrade their offensive line. The latest comes via interest in guard Chester Pitts, who is recovering from knee surgery.

The Vikings continue to try to fill what are perceived as holes in the lineup with backup depth that weren't filled during draft weekend, with a special emphasis being placed on right guard.

Veteran guard Chester Pitts, a seven-year starter for the Houston Texans, told FOX Sports Houston that he has been contacted by the Vikings about the progress of his rehabilitation. Pitts underwent offseason microfracture surgery on his knee after getting injured last September against Tennessee. He has been rehabilitating for seven months, which isn't uncommon when microfracture surgery is involved.

Pitts turns 31 next month and said he is still in the rehab process, but expects to be 100 percent by the time training camp comes around. He has yet to get a contract offer from another team, but said he has received interest from the Vikings, Seahawks, 49ers and Lions.

The Vikings have been rumored to be interested in providing competition for Anthony Herrera ever since the Vikings lost valued swingman Artis Hicks to the Redskins in free agency. Prior to his 2009 injury, Pitts had started every game he had played over seven years with the Texans. Pitts told Fox Sports Houston that he was required to spend nine weeks off the ailing knee, which put him behind in his conditioning program. He said the knee is structurally sound, but estimated his level of readiness to play right now at about 85 percent.

Whether the Vikings take a gamble on signing Pitts remains unknown, but it is clear that the team is interested in upgrading the guard position. It does seem clear that, having not used a high draft pick on the offensive line – the only pick used was on guard Chris DeGeare in the fifth round – the Vikings are looking at the available free-agent market in an attempt to upgrade the interior O-line and provide additional protection for Brett Favre should the QB opt to return for another season.


  • While the Vikings may be showing an interest in another veteran guard, Herrera said he's preparing for another Super Bowl run. Competing in the Sixth Annual Gridiron Golf Classic at Kensington Golf and Country Club Saturday in Naples, Fla., he didn't mince words about the Vikings' disappointment following their loss to the Saints. Herrera said the Vikings dominated the Saints statistically, adding that the biggest disappointment was "us knowing last year we were the best team in the NFL. If anyone says different, they're lying."

  • Rumors continue to persist that the Vikings may have an interest in disgruntled Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth. The buzz around a potential Haynesworth-to-the-Vikings trade heated up prior to draft weekend, but with the expected four-game suspensions handed down to Pat Williams and Kevin Williams, suddenly a potential trade makes more sense from the Vikings perspective – even if it comes with a significant cost.

  • As much optimism as there was just one week ago that the Minnesota State Legislature could potentially get a Vikings stadium deal done before the end of the current session, the prospect appears all but dead at this point (for this year anyway). The session ends this week and the primary topic of conversation has been a Minnesota Supreme Court decision that made the unallotment of funds done by Gov. Tim Pawlenty to balance the budget unconstitutional. The Vikings stadium issue was pushed to the backburner almost the moment the decision was announced and, following a defeat in committee, doesn't look to have a chance in the coming final week of the 2010 session.

  • Former Viking Bobby Wade was working with the first-team punt return unit with the Redskins at their minicamp this week.

  • Darren Sharper, who recently re-signed with the Saints, said the microfracture surgery he had following the season wasn't as daunting as the name makes it sound, saying it was closer to arthroscopic surgery than a full-blown microfracture surgery.

  • Former Vikings lineman Matt Mitrione, who was on the roster on 2005, scored a knockout win Saturday in a MMA bout against vaunted fight veteran Kimbo Slice. Mitrione is now 2-0 in MMA bouts.

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