Chiefs sign ex-Viking Geoff Schwartz

By John Breech |

With Alex Smith officially in Kansas City, the Chiefs have begun looking for players to protect him. That process began Friday with the signing of former Vikings offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz to a one-year deal. Schwartz scooped the media and broke the news himself on Twitter.

The versatile Schwartz can play either guard or tackle, which will give new Chiefs coach Andy Reid options on the offensive line. That's a good thing in Kansas City, the Chiefs were one of only 11 teams to surrender 40 or more sacks last season.

The four-year veteran started his career in Carolina after being taken by the Panthers in the seventh round of the 2008 draft. Schwartz started three games for Carolina in 2009 and all 16 games in 2010.

A hip injury forced Schwartz to spend 2011 on injured reserve. Schwartz signed with the Vikings in March 2012 and played in parts of 13 games last season.

The move to Kansas City means Schwartz will be on the same field as his brother at least once next season. Mitchell Schwartz is a second-year offensive lineman for the Browns, a team the Chiefs will host at Arrowhead Stadium in 2013.

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