Chiefs sign free-agent tackle Geoff Schwartz

03/15/2013 2:39 PM

05/16/2014 9:31 PM

The Chiefs added another free agent Friday in offensive tackle Geoff Schwartz

Schwartz, 6 feet 6 and 340 pounds, had this to say on his Twitter account Friday: “Excited to officially be a new member of the @kcchiefs!”

In three NFL seasons, two with Carolina and one with Minnesota, Schwartz has played in 45 games. He has started 19 of those games.

Schwartz has played both tackle and guard, so it was immediately unclear what role the Chiefs would ask him to play. The Chiefs have returning starters Jon Asamoah and Jeff Allen at guard. Branden Albert is the left tackle, but he has yet to sign the Chiefs’ one-year franchise tender.

The Chiefs recently released right tackle Eric Winston. Donald Stephenson was his backup last season.

Schwartz said he believed his best position to be guard but the Chiefs didn’t specify where they would ask him to play.

“They told me there will be competition,” said Schwartz, who missed the 2011 season after having double hip surgery. “I’m definitely coming to play. That’s my goal. I’m finally healthy. I’m ready to start again, get back on the field and all that good stuff. There’s definitely an opportunity to do that.

“I think I’m better at guard. Playing tackle was definitely a positive but I haven’t played there in a couple of years. I’m just looking forward to a healthy camp and playing guard, preferably. But I can still do tackle. They said the best five will play. I believe that and I’ll be ready to play, anything they want me to do.”

Schwartz played in college at Oregon, where he became a seventh-round NFL Draft choice in 2008 by Carolina.

The Chiefs also officially announced the signing of cornerback Sean Smith.

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