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Chiefs Expected To Sign OT Geoff Schwartz


According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Kansas CIty Chiefs are visiting with and are likely to sign, former Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Geoff Schwartz today.

From Schefter:

Schwartz was drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. Last March, he inked a one-year deal with the Vikings.

Schwartz played only 160 snaps last season for the Vikings and he played right guard. Though it was a small sample size, Schwartz was graded well by Pro Football Focus and finished the season with a +5.8 grade.

In 2010, Schwartz played over one-thousand snaps for the Panthers. He started out playing RT but was then moved to RG. PFF graded him well at both positions and he finished the year with a +19.2 mark.

He was projected to start at RG again for the Panthers in 2011 but was placed on IR in August with a right hip injury.

Oddly, despite his strong play in 2010, the Vikings saw him more as a backup in 2012. I did find this from the Vikings’ official site. This was from October of 2012.

“We wanted to be able to take a look at Geoff (Schwartz) yesterday and get him some game action,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said on Monday. “Yesterday allowed us to do that, and we want to be able to do it periodically. We felt like that was a good game to do it and it worked out pretty good to get him, I think he had about 11 snaps, so we got some good game-action tape that we couldn’t get in the preseason to evaluate him and we’ll see where it goes from there.”

So, how did Schwartz do in his first extended regular season action as a Viking?

“In those plays, I thought he did a good job, good enough to where we feel comfortable if something were to happen, we could get him in there,” Frazier said. “But there are some other things we want to be able to see from him, but we’ll continue to evaluate him as we go forward.”
Frazier stopped short of saying the right guard competition was suddenly open for competition. Brandon Fusco is the starter there, and the second-year player out of Slippery Rock is playing well so far. More than illustrating displeasure in Fusco’s performance or trying to shake things up along the offensive line, the Vikings goal in rotating Schwartz in seems to be exactly what Frazier stated – just to get a look at a player who hasn’t seen much action on the offensive line since signing in Minnesota.

Considering what Adrian Peterson did last year, nobody can say the Vikings were making mistakes along their offensive line. Still, every time Schwartz has played, he has played very, very well.

This could be a steal of a free agency signing for the Chiefs. KC has some holes to fill at guard. Ryan Lilja has retired and Jeff Allen was the weakest link on the line in 2012. Schwartz could push Allen and possibly even stat for the Chiefs in 2013. He also gives KC some flexibility as he can swing over and play tackle as well.

We also can’t rule out that the Chiefs are thinking of trying Schwartz out as a replacement for Eric Winston at RT.

Schwartz probably won’t cost much and seems to be a pretty good player. Hopefullyt he Chiefs can get this done.

(h/t to AA reader and twitter follower Thomas (@sportnutny).

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  • Carlos Nevarez

    Fuck yeah! Another good sign outta KC that things are changing for the better.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      It isn’t done yet but honestly, outside QB working out, this could end up being the best signing they make.

  • ladner morse

    Coup de grace!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Schwartz would be a great signing. He has some line versatility, but I’m convinced he’d play right tackle. Can be inconsistent in run blocking, but when he’s on, he’s pretty good. Excels in pass pro. He’s had some injury concerns, but if he’s healthy, he helps this football team. Get it done, Dorsey!

    • Richard Comstock

      Is this guy a talent that you think could make us not take a lineman with the first pick? Or is this for depth across the whole line? I know nothing about him.

      • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

        I don’t think this signing, if it happens, and even if he plays RT, would stop the Chiefs from taking a tackle if that is who they want.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          If he’s signed, the contract will tell us if he’s depth or a starter. From a talent perspective, he’s good enough that they could scratch tackle off the list.

        • KCMikeG

          We resigned Bryan Mattison for depth at center too.

      • Johnny Ubben

        I think this frees us up from having to take a lineman with the first pick. Not that we still wouldn’t, but it would keep us from having to do so. And that seems to be what this front office is all about. Filling all of our needs so that we don’t have to pick anybody because of positional need.

        Which gives us great leverage to trade back. I didn’t think we’d be able to trade back, but it looks like we just might pull it off.

      • GDL40

        Exactly what I was gonna ask….. seems to me he would be more of a rotational player that could sub in in different positions along the line, which never hurts to have good depth. I. just wish they would pick up a SOLID starting tackle in FA so we dont take O-line with the first pick. Different “experts” have different opinions as to who the top Tackle is, yes most think its Luke, but seems like a waste of a 1st overall pick to get someone who’s not even CLEARLY the best at his position…. GENO on the other hand IS clearly the best at his position which just so happens to be the most important one on a team, so TAKE GENO!!!! …. even if he sits behind Alex for a year or two while he learns and develops more …… DONT GO TACKLE WITH #1 OVERALL PLEASE !!!!

      • Stacy D. Smith

        He’s plenty good enough that they could look elsewhere in the draft. If I were Dorsey, he’d be my new starter at right tackle. Schwartz would be a slightly inferior run blocker (though better suited to the blocking scheme), but better than Winston was in pass pro.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I think so. If he’s healthy, he’s a good answer to the right tackle question.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      He has only played like four games at RT so I think they are PROBABLY looking at him as a guard. But you never know.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        RT seems more likely. I doubt they move Asamoah.

        • Danny W

          Jeff Allen really will probably be it.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I heard that a few times today. Supposedly the organization think Allen is better suited at right tackle.

  • Heilios

    I love how this offseason is going. Last year we were excited with three signings and a bunch of camp bodies. This year has been fantastic. And if we can get Schwartz that would just top it off. Love the movement by the front office. Lets keep going!

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Yeah I really dig the moves they are making.

  • micah stephenson

    Please sign a OT so we can draft Geno Smith instead of an OT. Yr after yr after yr they say the draft is deep at OT. Every yr the draft is deep at OT but not QB. Chiefs can get an OT anytime anywhere. But you can only get the best rookie QB with the 1st pick.

    • Chelsii.

      You think you would get tired of posting this over and over and over….

      • PunjabiPete

        He reminds me of hermstheman. Hermstheman made me laugh though.

        • berttheclock

          I think he is more akin to TheProfChester. Remember his rants against MC and his cheerleading for, either, Cousins or Osweiller? Now, the Prof is a Geno One Note poster and anti Alex Smith
          Funny thing is some feel $3 M is too much for a backup in Daniels, but, MC just signed for $4 M to back up Ponder.

      • micah stephenson

        Nope! I got it on SPEED POST! Lol

        • http://www.facebook.com/jon.gonzales.351 Jon Gonzales

          I bet you do and i bet whatever team drafts him you will probably become there newest fan!!!

      • Joe Myers

        yea right we needs an answer for Brock oswhiller in four years why is being groomed by Payton manning please . Don’t be naiveright now we got Alexa smith vs payton manning . Then we will have Brock oswhiller vs ????? . Sit down little one

        • Chelsii.

          Huh?

    • Michael Shaw

      Still dreaming huh Micah!!??

      • micah stephenson

        Lol. Yup. Untill another team drafts him. Ima keep dreaming! Then Ima start dreaming about the best QB in next yrs class. Then the best QB in the class after that. And on and on untill we finally draft our own QB.

        • Jim Harper

          Here’s a thought Micah. Johnny Football is eligible to come out next year. Why don’t you start lobbying for him and give us a break on Geno? Please!!!

          • micah stephenson

            Cool name! If he is a 1st rd QB shud I even waste my time wanting him?

          • KCMikeG

            You all know I have been a Geno supporter too but am making the adjustment to accepting the reality that he won’t be a Chief a little better than Micah. The moves Dorsey & Reid are making are a masterful plan to make us better right now which is aiding my recovery. Plus Manziel and Tajh Boyd are both going to be available next year.

    • TAZMOSIS

      Micah,
      If you want to see Geno play every Sunday, ya’ gonna’ havta’ get yourself some NFL Sunday, ’cause he will be in Oakland, Philly or ‘Zona.

      • micah stephenson

        NY and buff want him too. All the teams that need a QB want him except the chiefs who settled for Alex.

        • KCMikeG

          So we should be able to get a trade done, still pick in the top 10 and replace our 2nd round pick plus another pick or two this year or next. This would be the perfect scenario – well almost perfect in place of drafting Geno of course.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Larry-Vandesande/1692334818 Larry Vandesande

    If this guy is the new right tackle, that means Chiefs will probably trade out of the No. 1 spot and draft either QB Geno Smith or ILB Alec Ogletree of Georgia later in the first round. I’d be on board with either of those picks more than taking an offensive tackle first overall. I can’t get over Miami doing that with Jake Long some years ago when they could have drafted QB Matt Ryan instead.

    • berttheclock

      Hmmmm? Matt Ryan, you say. You mean that QB of whom many Atlanta fans were furious about the pick because they wanted Glenn Dorsey? Those same fans who can not be found today as to a man, they, now, claim Ryan was their first choice.

      • Johnny Ubben

        Here’s to hoping that if we end up with Geno that he turns out like Matt Ryan. Honestly, I don’t think we’ll be picking up Geno, I gave up on the idea when we signed Chase Daniels, but it’s really difficult to rule anything out with Reid and Dorsey. I think if they trade back and Geno falls to them, they will take him. If they sign Schwartz it really opens us up to take anyone we think could really take off.

        • micah stephenson

          If anybody trades up it will b to get Geno!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Sign me up for Ogletree!

  • berttheclock

    Interesting thing about this is King Dunlap went at 230 in the 7th round of the ’08 draft and the Nike player, Schwartz, went at 241. The Jets were interested in Schwartz recently, but, signed Dunlap instead away from the Eagles and paid him far more than the Chiefs will pay Schwartz. Yet, another astute pickup by Dorsey/Reid.

  • berttheclock

    Important fact about Mr Schwartz is he has played OG very well, also. One thing I like about the new FAs signed by this excellent regime is they create options. Plus, as with Alex Smith being an excellent bridge QB, nothing will be set in stone by Dorsey/Reid. Both of them will keep their focus on improving the Chiefs and will not be tied by ego and financial concerns over whom they have brought into the mix. If and when they find better, they will take that path.

    • Chris Tarrants

      The problem with him being a bridge QB is that there has to be a landing spot for the other end of the bridge, if we don’t DRAFT a QB then that bridge will just trail out into nowhere before the strain makes it crumble and then you have to start all over

  • ArrowFan

    I didn’t think Allen did that bad considering his level of experiences In fact with Schwartz on board I say that absolutely frees us up to start leveraging other teams to want to trade with us for the #1 spot. We can now pick anybody.

  • nathan82

    Couple this with Genos skyrocketing stock and I think the Chiefs are in a great position going into draft day. I wanted Geno in Red as well, but that is not going to happen. The next best scenario and maybe the best scenario is the one that is looking very likely: Chiefs trade back. If things keep going this way there could be a bidding war and the chiefs will be able to get multiple picks. We can get a new elite tackle, ILB and a qb of the future. I don’t know how it could go any better if it works out this way.

    • micah stephenson

      Where you gone get the QBOTF from. Everyone jumps on me about this being a weak QB class then they turn right around and say we can draft our QBOTF in the Later rds. Geno is the only QB worth taking a chance to me!

      • nathan82

        I am not an expert. Obviously. But I read alot. From what I have read it is obvious that Geno is the best qb in the draft, and he was the pick I wanted. Thats not going to happen. And just because Geno is considered the best doesn’t mean that one of the other qbs won’t be very good, and possibly even better depending on a million factors. Geno might be the best but he is not considered better by heads and shoulders than some of the others. I could be down because we aren’t getting Geno, or I can look at the other possibilites and get excited. I am doing the latter.

        • micah stephenson

          I want Geno. You want Geno. He wants Geno. Arnt you spose to give the customer wat they want? Give us Geno!!!

      • Tom Sparks

        Marty never drafted a QB for the future and we had some pretty darn good teams in those days. I think the last QB KC drafted for the future a (a mid first round pick) was a highly rated QB named Todd “lame duck” Blackledge and he turned out to be an OK college football commentator. He could not even throw a decent spiral!
        Sometimes, I think we are doomed/cursed @ picking QBOTF?!
        I still say Alex Smith is our starter, so why keep beating the Geno Smith Drum to death?
        Reality is a better scenario and I see his stellar Player Performance workout he just performed is great! It now gives teams that are also horny for Geno reason to trade down with us, maybe even to the #2 pick.
        We can always use the leverage card and say we are or do draft him and use him as trade bait!

        • micah stephenson

          In the “Marty days” you cud win a game 10-13. With Manning, Rivers, & possibly Geno going to the Raiders, we now need to b able to score 30 or more.

          • Tom Sparks

            I’m surprised you didn’t include Joe Montana & Trent Green with River’s & Manning. I believe you meant to say we wouldn’t need to have a River’s or Manning to win games under Marty.
            For you too include Geno Smith in with those caliber of signal callers is, how can I put it, unbelievably naive!
            It is obvious you have such an HO for Geno Smith, you better get a refill on your Viagra script. You have such an obscure love and view of the guy, it’s on the verge of MACABRE! WOW!

          • micah stephenson

            No what Im saying is when the season starts and the broncos hav Manning, Sd has Rivers, & the Raiders hav Geno, I hope Alex Smith can help score 30-40 pts a game.

      • KCMikeG

        EJ Manuel could be the diamond in the rough that Reid could develop giving US the potential to choose between AS, Daniels or Manuel. One or both of the later two, if not or QBOTF could be developed and traded for 2nd round picks like Reid did with Kolb & Feeley.

        • micah stephenson

          Teams are done with that trading high picks for a bum ass QB…….except the Chiefs. Lol

  • Daniel Mayfield

    Sounds like another good move!! SO FAR, it looks like the new HC and GM are upgraded this team so much….notice I said LOOKS LIKE. lol It’s pretty much a new team…not saying anything bad about the players that have been there for a while.

    There’s gonna be a new system along with adding some high rated players….better players KC needed.

    GO CHIEFS!

  • micah stephenson

    Alex Smith, Davito, Fasano, Daniels, & now this guy. If Pioli wuda been signing these same players to these same contracts, the fans wud b pissed! Saying he signs nothing but middle tier players and he is over paying! When Dorsey do it he gets a free pass! Strange.

    • Chris Tarrants

      That’s what I have been saying, it’s like ground hogs day, same thing over and over and over! I want something to get really excited about, get me so excited that I trip over my feet trying to go buy season tickets! So far I have seen good hole filling but nothing that’s says WOW

      • Brody Hall

        Are u guys nuts? Ur putting these signings on the same level as Hillis and Routt?? And btw… Name one guy that we over paid! We are in a rebuild kid of mode and with what was out there I think we could have not done any better than we have. Most of these contracts are 2 to 3 year deals which is a perfect timeline to see if they will work out. Not paying too much what so ever… Please tell me one spot we did not upgrade at. And before u say it ,Eric Winston didnt want to be in KC, he was alwasy complaining about something.

    • http://www.facebook.com/stephenrfloyd Stephen Floyd

      First off, Alex Smith is an upgrade to Cassel. Would have been the top free agent qb had he been released.
      Sean Smith was #2 rated cb free agent.
      Bowe re-signing was HUGE!
      I don’t see your point. At all.

      • micah stephenson

        Uh lol. Its not hard to b an upgrade over Cassel. An Alex Smith wuda been the #1 free agent QB right above Cassel @ #2. I like S.Smith. B.Grimes is older and coming off an ACL injury. The Bowe resigning is huge, but every GM EXCEPT Pioli wuda resigned Bowe.

    • Danny W

      Pioli threw together some free agents last year Micah and I expected good things. That said last year was the first year he was proactive instead of reactive in free agency.

  • NathanaelL

    I like this move It gives us flexibility in the draft. I really still think Warmack is the best player in the draft and I don’t care if espn and nfl.com says you don’t pick a guard #1. if he is the best player he is the best player. I would love to see him take Lilja’s place. If this guy plays rt that would be great. But I would not want to get a LT number one and make hi RT, When he is better then your current LT and I would not put my franchise tag on a RT so I’m jut thinking all the talk of what you do not do in the draft is inconsistent. So anyway I would think it give flexibility at #1

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephenrfloyd Stephen Floyd

    With more and more moves this offseason I keep thinking 2 things. Everytime I come up with a new #1 biggest hole on the team, I have to check it off the list because Dorsey and Co fill it. The second is that Reid won’t draft Joeckel. I don’t think he wants to draft there at all but if he does, I think he knows Albert is a legit LT and he won’t want to draft a RT at #1. I think he would take a chance on Geno before taking a more cautious and safe pick in Joeckel or Fisher. I still lean towards a trade down especially with no second round pick. There’s gonna be some moves to still be made. I do think they know what they are doing. It’s been a fun offseason. I can’t wait for the draft.

  • [email protected]

    Yes this year is going great I can’t wait to put the best down on Denver.with this pick up that leaves nothing buy best available players for draft day

  • berttheclock

    One player to watch is Tank Carradine. Should he have an excellent pro day, next month, look for him to fly up the charts. Now, he could make an outstanding pass rusher and be very effective against the run for the Chiefs or he could cause other teams to salivate over him and be part of a trade down by the Chiefs for other teams wanting Geno or Carradine. Six four, 276, 35 inch arm span. He is young and really came on for FSU after transferring from Butler Community in Kansas. What has set him back is a torn ACL. Look at how well modern surgery has repaired both AP and Charles. Many scouts are going to be very interested in how well he does next month. He would be a terror on defense for any team should his knee allow him to play as he did at Florida State. Could be a better option than Sharriff Floyd for teams.

  • Joe Myers

    They could still take Geno smith . But I think they will take Luke groom him for the Lt pos and use b/a and next years #1 pick and future picks to crack the top ten or top five of the draft next year to draft a QB . But after Geno’s pro day the chiefs could still draft him .

  • http://www.facebook.com/hudsonharris Hudson Harris

    Geoff Schwartz just tweeted that he signed with the KC CHIEFS!!!!

    edit: https://twitter.com/GeoffSchwartz76

  • http://twitter.com/EdMaldo1 Don Quijote

    Detroit LT Bacus retiring unexpected. They need LT OT. Lets trade our pick for their first, second and next year 2 and 5th. I think this could happen. Also, NFL network talked about JAGs may want Geno and to ensure no one leaps them, they could give us their 2nd round. Regardless, If we move back, I say draft Warmach for LG.

  • Billie Cabral

    I don’t know why but this move really makes me happy. I’m really like the depth Dorsey is adding. Is Asamoah on thin ice here? I can really see how horrible of a job Egoli was doing. It seems as he did just enough and was too busy feeding his ego and pockets. Is Geno a possibility still? I think he’s a long shot. Draft day trade? Quite possible? Brandon Albert trade? Likely. It’s going to be a very interesting one this year as it has already. KUDOS to Dorsey, his front office and Clark Hunt. Keep it up!

    • Danny W

      I think Jeff Allen probably has to be worried but not Asamoah, he’s done fairly good.