Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Giants begin line rebuild with Schwartz
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
Former Chiefs guard Geoff Schwartz is headed to New Jersey on Tuesday night and is in agreement with the New York Giants on a new contract, which he should sign no later than Wednesday. It's a good, strong first move for the Giants as they work to rebuild an offense line whose decay was the main reason for their disappointing 2013 season.
Schwartz turns 28 in July and started seven games for the Chiefs in 2013. He was a 16-game starter for Carolina in 2010 (five at right tackle, 11 at right guard) but missed the 2011 season with a hip injury. He spent 2012 with the Vikings and signed with the Chiefs a year ago, and by the second half of the season he was Kansas City's starter at right guard. He was Pro Football Focus' No. 8-rated guard in the league last year, grading out well as a run blocker and a pass blocker.
Schwartz is in line to start at guard for the Giants. As for which side, it's hard to say. Assuming Chris Snee is fully healthy, you'd expect him to resume his role as the starting right guard, which would make Schwartz the left guard. It's also possible they could try to see whether Schwartz can play center if they don't sign someone else for that. Kevin Boothe, who started games at left guard and center for the Giants last year, remains a free agent and could be re-signed as a starter at one of those positions.
It looks to me as though the Giants have signed a good, young player with high-end talent who may just be reaching his potential as an NFL starter. We'll see what the numbers are when they come in, but given the way the guard market was going Tuesday evening, a good guess is four or five years at $5 million or $6 million per year. Good signing at a position of significant need.