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NFL Breaking News: Chiefs sign Mitchell Schwartz from the Browns

What was previously one of the few strengths of the Cleveland Browns, the offensive line suddenly requires some patching up after losing two


What was previously one of the few strengths of the Cleveland Browns, the offensive line suddenly requires some patching up after losing two key pieces. They still have future Hall of Fame left tackle Joe Thomas and guard Joel Bitonio in place, but lost long-time center Alex Mack to the Atlanta Falcons earlier in the day. Mack has been followed out of Cleveland by right tackle Mitchell Schwartz, who has agreed to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs. Though they felt optimistic, it was always going to be tough to keep both, who were always going to have plenty suitors on the open market.  As it turns out, they keep neither. Schwartz will sign a five-year contract with Kansas City, though financial terms haven’t surfaced as at the time of writing. With several teams pursuing him though, it can be assumed that he’s received good compensation. A 2012 second-round pick by the Browns, Schwartz has been the definition of reliability and durability. In his four seasons with the team, the offensive tackle was a constant fixture on the right, not missing a single snap. That continued where he left off from his time in college, with California, where he never missed a start in his four years there either. That kind of record certainly adds value, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s not just been present on the field, but has played to a good standard as well. The Chiefs certainly fill a big need.  Given the average play of their former number one overall pick at left tackle, Eric Fisher, it’s quite possible that the intention is to instead put Schwartz in to take his spot on the blindside, and shift Fisher to the right.  That could allow Jah Reed to move inside to guard, which has also become an area that needs added depth – with both Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson moving on during this free agency.


Rebecca Rennie

Hello all, I'm Rebecca, also going by Bex, and I am the RealSport College Football Editor, as well as writer and NFL Draft analyst.  I also edit other sports including the CFL, cycling and golf, while occasionally contributing to the NFL section as well.  I'm a fan of most sports and enjoy discussing with fellow fans, so do please comment on articles and interact.  A big fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and of the Central Florida Knights in college.

NFL Breaking News: Chiefs sign Mitchell Schwartz from the Browns

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