The first agent to break in the battle of Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz is Schwartz’s agent Deryk Gilmore. Here’s what he told the Kansas City Star’s Terez Paylor.
“Geoff Schwartz loved it in Kansas City and would love to come back in Kansas City,” Deryk Gilmore said. “It’s just that he wants to be wanted, and hopefully Kansas City wants him. He’s a starter and he wants to be paid like a starter.”
Money seems to be the issue for Schwartz and the Chiefs right now. Kansas City is limited in what they can spend due to their tight salary cap situation while Schwartz wants to be paid as the top free agent guard – a title Pro Football Focus has already given him. If Kansas City wants to re-sign him they’ll have to open up some room with contract restructures or extensions, or they will need to back off some of their other free agent plans. Another option would be to backload Schwartz’s contract, but it is unknown if that is something Schwartz would want to do.
Early signs suggest Schwartz and Asamoah are each going to hit free agency unless some kind of deal is made with Alex Smith or Eric Berry before March 11. There are not a lot of musts for the Chiefs this off-season but one of them has to be bringing back one of Schwartz or Asamoah. KC has a week-and-a-half to make it happen.