The reported numbers are in for Kansas City Chiefs free agent signing OT Mitch Schwartz: five years, $33 million. Considering the crazy numbers we saw being thrown around to other players on day one of free agency, this looks like a good contract.
Here are the raw numbers via Aaron Wilson:
Mitchell Schwartz Chiefs deal: $33 million, $15M gtd, $7M signing bonus, salaries $750K, $4.9M, $5.7M, $6M, $6M— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 10, 2016
If this seems like a good deal, it's probably because it is. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Browns reporter says Schwartz was aiming for $8.5 million per year which if accurate confirms the perception that the Chiefs did a good deal here. For his part, Schwartz becomes one of the highest paid right tackles in the league. Win-win.
Man, Chiefs stole Mitchell Schwartz. Got him for cheap.— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) March 10, 2016
The first-year cap number will be low. If this info is correct and I'm reading it right, his 2016 cap number will be under $2 million. Not bad for one of the top free agents at one of the Chiefs biggest positions of need, huh?
Also, think about the division the Chiefs play in. Von Miller. Khalil Mack*. Which side do they line up on? The right tackle side. There was a thought process at some point that right tackles would begin to be paid like left tackles. So much for that! The top left tackles are well over $10 million per year while the right side is around $6-7 million per year.
Mitch Schwartz was one of the only people to lock up Von Miller last season. Now he gets to face him twice. #Chiefs— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 9, 2016
So, the Chiefs are queueing up a blocker for the division's two best pass rushers at a reasonable price. This looks like great value.