It's been reported that long-time Carolina Panthers left tackle Jordan Gross has decided to retire. This brings about a couple of more Chiefs-related thoughts:
First, that's one less left tackle available and one more team who needs a left tackle, which seems like good news for Branden Albert, who is scheduled to hit free agency on March 11.
Second, Geoff Schwartz is a former Panther at the time Gross was there. Here's what Schwartz said today on Twitter:
Congrats @J2theGross on a great career! Luckily those giant ears didn't hold you back from success.— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) February 25, 2014
On a serious note, @J2theGross was an outstanding mentor and I'm so thankful he decided to help me when I was a young naive rookie— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) February 25, 2014
We hear all these negative stories and guys like @J2theGross and @ryankalil don't get enough credit for welcoming rookies— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) February 25, 2014
And making the locker room environment into a place where you're excited to come into work everyday.— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) February 25, 2014
This kinda thing will be interesting to watch with the Chiefs offensive line next year. It's possible they're going to lose their three most experienced offensive linemen in Branden Albert, Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz.