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Chiefs free agency: Good timing on Mitch Schwartz

The Kansas City Chiefs got Mitch Schwartz last year for $33 million over five years, which was right at the top for right tackle contracts. For some reason that I still don’t understand, left tackles make significantly more than right tackles. The top of the left tackle market is over $13 million per year.

The Chiefs benefited from that by signing Schwartz in a weak right tackle market last year. They’re paying him to block the Von Millers and Khalil Macks of the world so it’s weird that the market never reset and acknowledged that.

It appears that the right tackle market is indeed changing. The Lions signed right tackle Ricky Wagner to a five-year, $47.5 million deal. That is $9.5 million per year compared to Schwartz, who signed for $6.6 million per year.

In just one year the market changed that much.

It’s good for the Chiefs because they got in a year before the price started to go up. It’s also the reality of doing contracts these days. The cap has gone up $10+ million each year for the past few years so contracts change in a hurry. The Chiefs can benefit from a GM who knows the market and knows when to strike.