Rodger Saffold is off to greener pastures, and the St. Louis Rams are looking for a more sensibly priced replacement. One possibility GM Les Snead and Co. are said to be eyeing is Chiefs free agent Geoff Schwartz, a versatile guard who can also play some tackle on the right side.
Plan B underway minus Saffold? Rams showing interest in KC offensive guard Geoff Schwartz, according to league sources.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) March 10, 2014
Schwartz is an interesting player. He's been a backup since being drafted by the Panthers in the seventh round in 2008. He got more playing time in Minnesota at guard the year before last, showing off some of his run blocking skills plowing the way forward for Adrian Peterson's big season. The Chiefs grabbed him on a one-year prove it deal last season.
For some insight into Schwartz, I asked Joel Thorman, editor at our Chiefs site Arrowhead Pride:
Until last year, Schwartz looked like a journeyman offensive lineman. The Chiefs signed him to a 1-year deal last year because of his versatility in playing guard and tackle. That versatility came in handy throughout the year as a backup linemen but late in the season Schwartz got his chance when starter Jon Asamoah went down with an injury. Schwartz replaced him and Wally Pipp'd him, never giving up the starting job. He did not start for the Chiefs the full season, just the last fourth of the season. He is a better run blocker than pass blocker but competent at both. He is one of the top rated guards in free agency so I suspect he will get paid handsomely.
Update: The Rams and Giants are apparently battling it out for Schwartz now.
Right now a battle is shaping up between the Giants and Rams for Geoff Schwartz's (non-bargain) services. Will someone else get in?— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) March 11, 2014