As the 2013 league year approaches, the New York Jets have already been hard at work. On Tuesday, they released a number of players, including Calvin Pace, Eric Smith and Bart Scott, helping to relieve $32 million in cap space.
This offseason, the Jets will bring in a lot of new faces at several key positions, and they are looking for building blocks at a bargain rate.
Geoff Schwartz had a solid run with the Carolina Panthers and their highly talented offensive line. He was a force as an offensive guard, as someone that was a road grader. Schwartz is also fresh and ready to go, having only started 19 games since 2009.
In 2012, he tested the market as a free agent, earning attention from the Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings. Schwartz wound up heading to the Twin Cities on a one-year deal, expected to fill-in for Steve Hutchinson at left guard.
Schwartz, 25, wound up being a backup that season and will once again be a free agent.
He makes perfect sense for the Jets, who are in cap trouble and need quality offensive linemen. Schwartz is a bargain that just needs an opportunity to start. He could sign with the Jets and fulfill a starting role immediately. GM John Idzik can likely bring him in on a short-term deal, allowing him an opportunity to play for a big extension.
For a team that wants to pound the rock, Geoff Schwartz seems like a good pickup.