Reports and rumors about Geoff Schwartz have been one of the more interesting things to follow over the last few weeks. Several consider Schwartz to be a must-sign for Kansas City because of the hold that would be created at right guard if he left. Solidifying the offensive line has to be a priority for the Chiefs considering they are all but assured to lose Branden Albert to free agency.
Keeping Schwartz isn’t going to be easy. We know for one that Schwartz is going to look for the best contract he can find (as he should) so there is no hometown discount coming. Additionally, there have been plenty of other teams showing interest in Schwartz’ services. Not only are the Chiefs going to need to pay for Schwartz but they’ll have to fight off offers from other teams and keep cap room open for other off-season endeavors.
With the recruiting period beginning Saturday at 3 p.m., here’s a round-up of who we know are going to take look at Schwartz.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
This is obvious, but it still needs to be acknowledged the team met with Schwartz agent at the NFL combine.
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The agent for pending free-agent guard Geoff Schwartz met with the Chiefs during the NFL Combine and said the team has interest in bringing back Schwartz, though the two sides may not agree on money.
NEW YORK GIANTS
The New York Daily News speculated Schwartz could be a target for the Giants, who could potentially be in need of four new starting offensive linemen.
Buffalo Sports Daily wrote on Thursday the Bills have “expressed interest” in Schwartz. It is not noted how intense this interest is but the team is looking for at least one starting guard.
The Buffalo Bills will speak with several imminent free agents when NFL league rules allow teams to start communicating to players on Saturday, but I’ve learned of one name in particular. According to a team source the Bills have definitely expressed an interest in Kansas City Chiefs free agent guard Geoff Schwartz.
Schwartz received “heavy interest” according to Draft Insider at the NFL combine. No teams are mentioned specifically in the report.
The way it looks now back-up Geoff Schwartz, who received heavy interest at the combine, will likely sign elsewhere.