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Thread: Vikings Might Be Interested In Cleveland Right Tackle Mitchell Schwartz

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    Vikings Might Be Interested In Cleveland Right Tackle Mitchell Schwartz

    By Joe Pantorno March 7, 2016

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons are reportedly interested in Schwartz, according to Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot.

    The 26-year-old can't sign with another team before Wednesday, which is the official first day of free agency. But according to Cabot, he's set to become a very rich man. He is expected to command around $8.5 million per year, which would make him the highest-paid player at his position in the league.

    The four-year veteran hasn't missed a game in his NFL career and was selected to Pro Football Focus' All-NFL Second Team, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com. According to Cabot, Pro Football Focus also ranked him as the sixth-best offensive tackle in the entire league.

    She also reported that Schwartz would "love to stay" because his fiancee is from Cleveland. That could lead him to take a hometown discount despite being on the verge of making big-time money.

    If Schwartz does go, it could be a disastrous offseason for the Browns. They already are in danger of losing Pro Bowl center Alex Mack, who is being pursued hard by the Atlanta Falcons, per Bleacher Report's Jason Cole.

    Without Schwartz and Mack in the trenches next year, Cleveland's offensive line could be even worse than the unit that allowed 53 sacks last season. Only the Tennessee Titans allowed more.

    The Browns' rushing game didn't fare much better, ranking 22nd in the league with 95.6 yards per game.

    Teams like the Vikings, Giants and Falcons could use a player like Schwartz to bolster their offensive line. The Giants and Falcons were in the bottom half of the NFL in rushing, while the Vikings allowed 45 sacks last season.

    The Buccaneers, though, are a surprising team reportedly showing interest in Schwartz. Last season, they had the fourth-ranked rushing attack and only allowed 27 sacks and have veterans Gosder Cherilus and Demar Dotson under contract for next season, perSpotrac.

    Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.

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    Even after resigning Loadholt you think, or was this written before then?

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    The article was published today but maybe the writer picked up on the story this weekend and couldn't get it published until today. Maybe there was truth to the story until the Vikings realized the price for Schwartz was to high and decided to pursue Loadholt.

    Or perhaps the Vikings used Schwartz to get Loadholt to take a pay reduction.

    Who knows, but you bring up a good point. Don't see the Vikings persuing Schwartz unless they don't plan on resigning Loadholt next year.
    Last edited by MIVike; 03-08-2016 at 12:20 PM.

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    Clemmings has to fit in there somewhere. Maybe he's another year from being a quality starter. We desperately need some young talent on the line though. We'll draft two or three if I'm betting.

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    Read today that the Vikings are now not interested in Schwartz. Perhaps they were feigning interest in Schwartz to pressure Loadholt to agree to a pay cut.

    The Vikings were also supposably interested in Baltimore's OG Kelechi Osemele but he signed with the Raiders today.

    On a sadder note the Vikings released OT Austin Wentworth due to a "serious medical condition". Doesn't sound like he'll be able to play football ever again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIVike View Post
    On a sadder note the Vikings released OT Austin Wentworth due to a "serious medical condition". Doesn't sound like he'll be able to play football ever again.
    So he's like Kalil, but can admit it.

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    Schwartz signed with Kansas City today. 5 year contract but haven't heard any numbers. Did hear that Cleveland pulled a $7.5 million contract offer. Looks like the Vikes realized the cost was more than they wanted to spend. Especially when the were able to get Loadholt to restructure his contract for a cap number of $3.5.

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