Dec 8, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz (74) prepares to block against the Washington Redskins during the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency: Geoff Schwartz To Sign With New York Giants


Chiefs just lost a valuable Twitter member.

Geoff Schwartz has reportedly signed a deal with the New York Giants, according to Kimberly Jones of the NFL Network. Here’s Twitter evidence.

Schwartz was signed to a small, one-year deal last offseason and was meant to be the backup to guards Jeff Allen and Jon Asamoah while also providing depth at right tackle. Over time he proved to be a better fit for the zone blocking scheme the Chiefs implemented under Andy Reid and he took over the starting role from Asamoah.

Losing Schwartz hurts mostly because the Chiefs don’t have many options remaining at right guard on the roster. Kansas City already had built-in replacements for Branden Albert at left tackle but had nothing at guard. The good news here is it is easier to replace a right guard than it is to replace a left tackle. Remember, the Chiefs got Schwartz off the scrap heap last year for very little.

Ultimately, the Chiefs do not need a star at right guard, they need a good fit. Keeping Schwartz would have been great because he knows the system and we all know he is a fit for what the Chiefs do. Having an “unknown’ there is not appealing. However, it is better for the Chiefs to save the money they would have spent on Schwartz and use toward something better like extending Eric Berry or Justin Houston.

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  • Brian Dempsey

    Say hello to multiple compensatory picks in the 2015 draft. I anticipate at least 3.

    • Tony Parker

      yeah, probably a shitty draft next year with our luck.

      • Brian Dempsey

        Do you mean just like the 2010 draft that Pigoli so brilliantly orchestrated? And not hindsight, either. It was discussed by myself with many others at the time the selections were made that Pioli obviously didn’t have a plan.

  • Priest4Prez

    For when…2015?

    • Brian Dempsey

      Yes, if you were asking me about compensatory picks for 2015. I personally hope the Chiefs don’t sign anybody except a serviceable FS. They simply cannot go on a spending spree in FA this year and they need to lock down Alex Smith, Justin Houston, and Dontari Poe at a minumum.

      • tm1946

        Wish I could see it but don’t we need 22 starters and 2 kickers to play on any given sunday? Who are their replacements, and that is not saying they should still be on the team but someone has to dress and play while waiting for 2015.

        • berttheclock

          Hmmm, I was chatting on line with a fellow in Pittsburgh, who swears you can get 22 guys off any street corner.

          • Tony Parker

            yeah sure, Mexicans…lol

          • Troy Utt

            The message boards are burning up! “The Chiefs just got RAIDED!”
            Following the storie’s of Schwartz, Tjax, & Asamoah signing with other teams… Add DMC, Albert, & several more before this is finished & it could very well be as brutalnas they are making it out to be!!!

  • tm1946

    Seems like 4 starters walking would be an issue. If there is depth and it is time to move on, fine. But do not see that many replacements from current roster. With these guys gone, are their salaries added to the salary cap or are we just out the money.

    • Tony Parker

      They didn’t have a salary, they are free agents. No cap hit and no money lost, just a player lost.

      • tm1946

        I will buy that then were did the salary cap money go to put the Chiefs in this position. Try to keep it simple because they got paid something last year and the cap increased so where is the darned money.

        • Tony Parker

          On all players currently under contract, including last years FA’y class, Bowe, Berry, Hali, etc, etc, etc.

          • tm1946

            So you are saying we paid XXXX last year for players, we will pay XXXX plus cap increase this year, we can lose 4 starters from last years team and still have no money to replace them with.

          • Tony Parker

            Doesn’t it burn your ass young grasshopper

          • tm1946

            Absolutely, makes Dorsey look like an idiot, and if you add in his draft not playing, a double idiot.

          • Tony Parker

            WAIT, were not done losing players yet, look at the rest of the FA’y class not under contract.

          • tm1946

            It is not the losing or gaining of players that take a toll. It is putting the team in a position to actually regress to Pioli standard time. Something is wrong but everyone seems to buy into it. Just not me, I guess.

          • jimfromkcj

            Were you one of the guys who always said “just pay the man” whenever it was talked about Albert and Bowe’s contracts? Seems I saw where several were always saying why worry cause it isn’t our money. Now you see what the more prudent of us were saying when we said that every position has a price range and it is wrong to over pay. Well we paid the men and see where we are at. We overpaid a 5’9″ corner who is hurt a lot and can’t cover bigger receivers, We are overpaying a one trick pony pass rusher who can’t cover and is not very good in stopping the run. And then there is a WR who most don’t think is a #1. It just goes on and on.

        • Troy Utt

          The money is spent covering contracts that were back loaded by GM’s/Coach’s going back to Pioli, Crennel, Haley… Those contracts with balloons in the final years are coming to roost, & now we must deal with them. Trust me I had hoped we would restructure or at the very least make an attempt to keep part of our OL! I knew we would not be active, but this is embarrassing!!!

  • Tony Parker

    Schwartz may of come off the scrap heap but proved he is worth a starting role, which unfortunately we could not accommodate him with.

  • freshmeat62

    So what have the Chiefs lost
    1. Albert – an injury prone LT, whose replacement is already on the team (drafted last year) and has more upside than Albert ever had
    2. Asamoah – and average G at best.
    3. McCluster – A below average slot receiver, who had a few decent punt returns, where if you watch the film, only 1 was from any skill by him. All others the blocking looked like Moses parting the Red Sea for him.
    4. T Jackson – OK against the run, needs to be replaced on pass downs. Nothing that can’t be replaced.
    5. Schwartz – maybe the hardest to lose, because he can play so many positions, but he was picked up off the junk pile last year, and there must be a reason he wasn’t a starter somewhere else.

    So far we’ve lost numbers, but nothing that can’t be replaced. I’m not too worried.

    • tm1946

      Unless you are in some kind of cap hell. Where we seem to be up to our necks. No money, think we can get some free agents to play for free.

  • sidibeke

    Sign Byrd, see what Bailey has at DE and draft a guard first round. WR in 3rd, or vice versa if talent dictates.

  • berttheclock

    It would have been nice to sign Schwartz, but, in viewing the various cuts of today, I really do not believe there is going to be any problem with placing a very competitive team on the field in September. I see the Chiefs becoming a younger team with draft picks and UDFAs assembled by Dorsey, with cheaper fill-ins from veterans brought in to KC after the money frenzy subsides in the FA market.

    I watched the four year buildup by Schneider and Carroll in Seattle. The roster changes during those four years were incredible. At one point I lost track after the change became over 230 different roster moves. Players were coming and going. Former USC players of Carroll were brought in enmasse, but, he had no allegiance for any of them and would release them in a heart beat. Even signing and over paying Flynn from GB didn’t stop them from working Wilson into the system, then, trading Flynn to Oakland. I still remember the many comments from the old Seattle P/I and the Seattle Times from fans who couldn’t believe the many cuts being made. However, look at the end result. Plus, four years ago, the Seahawks had a worse offensive line than what transpired in KC. It looks as though a Giant Turnstile has been installed at One Arrowhead and many a player, even if they are well liked by fans will be passing through that in an outward manner and new players will be passing into the facility. The Chiefs will be better for the efforts.

    • Brian Dempsey

      Logical, as always, Bert.