The Vikings somehow managed to beat out the 49ers in wooing a free agent.  That probably had something to do with the potential for upward mobility (i.e. the lack of talent) and the presence of former Panthers offensive line coach Jeff Davidson.

Geoff Schwartz has reportedly agreed to a one year deal with the Vikings after visiting with them on Monday.

Schwartz is the third free agent to join this roster that didn’t play a single NFL snap in 2011, in this case due to an injury that sidelined him.

In 2010, however, he appeared like an up-and-coming offensive lineman for the Panthers.  He was near-dominant at right guard and serviceable at right tackle.  He will immediately jump into the mix, competing to replace Anthony Herrera in the starting lineup, and possibly even pushing Phil Loadholt for his job.

While numbers are not yet available, the length of the deal is somewhat surprising to me.  At age 25, Schwartz could possibly be a steal for teams looking for a long-term rebuild (anybody know one?) so I would’ve expected the Vikings to try and increase the length of the deal.

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  1. Adam,
    How do you feel about the signing?
    Hopefully he can stay healthy and keep improving…

    • Like I indicated, I think he could be a steal… but would grade this signing at less than stellar since they couldn’t get him to agree long-term… or at least longer than one year.

      If he comes in and plays like a stud, he’ll be expensive next year.

  2. The one year is certainly surprising. I don’t know which party was pushing for only 1 year, surely it would have been the Schwartz camp…

  3. wow a signing that actually makes sense and to serve as a possible hole fixer….miracles sease to amaze lol…hopefully works out

  4. Freds can honestly say he’s never heard of Jeff Schwartz. If this football think doesn’t work out, there’s always a banking career for him.

    Well, in advance of anyone getting pissed, sorry.

    Or a network job, or espn radio gig.

    Again, sorry for the shallow nature of Freds being.

    Or perhaps a jeweler.

    Freds is a shallow as a damn puddle.

    Or a deli owner?

  5. don’t know if he’s any good, just glad we signed an O-lineman, but where’s the commitment, from either side, with only one year?


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