Coffee with the Chiefs – Why Schwartz signed


Good morning, Addicts! Hope you are enjoying the start of a weekend that could be chock full of Kansas City Chiefs news. You just never know when somebody is going to sign on the dotted line, making us question where everyone else fits in along the depth chart.

So far, free agency has been very kind to the Chiefs. The Denver Broncos have added Donald Stephenson and Mark Sanchez, while Kansas City signed Mitchell Schwartz while retaining Eric Berry, Jaye Howard, Derrick Johnson, Frank Zombo and Tamba Hali.

Here is the news you need to know…

Mitchell Schwartz wanted stability, chance to winTerez Paylor of the Kansas City Star

Schwartz, who is listed at 6 feet 5 and 320 pounds, was among the top-graded tackles in the league last year, according to His mark of 86.6 was the sixth-best in the league and is 19 points higher than the Chiefs’ highest-graded tackle last year, Eric Fisher (67.2).

Derrick Johnson never thought about leaving Kansas CityTerez Paylor of the Kansas City Star

"Johnson said Hali was a little worried about that, just because it went down to the wire. Johnson actually hit the free-agent market — which opened at 3 p.m. Wednesday — for a few hours he re-upping with the Chiefs."

Chiefs re-signed Jamell Fleming to one-year dealTerez Paylor of the Kansas City Star

"Of those snaps, 110 came as the Chiefs’ nickel back during the first two games of the season, when starter Sean Smith was sitting out due to a suspension. Over the rest of the season, Fleming’s primary contribution was on special teams, were he regularly worked on the Chiefs’ kickoff, kickoff-return, field-goal block, punt-return and punt-coverage units."

If not the Eagles, who blew whistle on Chiefs?Joel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride

"There’s also the idea that the Chiefs were simply an example for everyone else. Goodell hit a respected pro-NFL owner in Clark Hunt and a respected coach in Andy Reid and sent a message to everyone else that their annual memos couldn’t get through: stop tampering."