The Kansas City Chiefs have 16 players heading into free agency, including three big contributors on the offensive line. One of those players is Guard Geoff Schwartz, who took over the starting right guard spot for Jon Asamoah after he went down with calf strains. Schwartz kept the starting job, which speaks highly to his performance considering Asamoah’s solid play at the position. Let’s look at some pros and cons of re-signing the 27-year-old lineman.
He can play both tackle and guard, and his versatility has been very valuable for the Chiefs. When they get hit with injuries along the offensive line, Schwartz gives the team a few options to consider. He may require a raise, but Kansas City should still be able to get him at a bargain.
The raise he may require is the only thing that comes to mind. Until the Chiefs start cutting and restructuring contracts, they have almost no cap space to play with.
Kansas City has to commit to re-signing Schwartz. LT Branden Albert is a good bet to leave town, and the Chiefs need to bring back the other two free agents on the offensive line, Asamoah and Schwartz. The line got increasingly better as the season went on in 2013, and bringing back as many pieces as possible is very important for Kansas City.
Schwartz stepped up big when called upon, and brings versatility to a solid and improving young line. He is a must-have for the Chiefs in 2014.