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Vikings agree to deal with guard Geoff Schwartz

Geoff Schwartz Pic AP

The Vikings released starting guard Anthony Herrera on March 10, and they took only 11 days to find a replacement.

Geoff Schwartz, formerly of the Carolina Panthers, revealed on his Twitter page Wednesday that he’s agreed to a contract with Minnesota.

Schwartz, 25, was included on our recent list of ten intriguing free-agent fliers. He’s 6-foot-6, 331 and can play both guard and tackle. Schwartz projects as Minnesota’s starting right guard in Week One.

The Vikings’ offensive line is beginning to round into form. They are tentatively expected to select USC’s Matt Kalil with the No. 3 pick in the draft. Kalil would be the left tackle, with Charlie Johnson moving inside to left guard. John Sullivan is the center, Schwartz the right guard, and Phil Loadholt the right tackle.

It should be a big upgrade from last year’s front five, which struggled to keep quarterbacks Donovan McNabb and Christian Ponder upright.

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44 Responses to “Vikings agree to deal with guard Geoff Schwartz”
  1. iluvbears says: Mar 21, 2012 6:54 PM

    Good pickup for the Vikings.

  2. firerogergoodell says: Mar 21, 2012 6:54 PM

    Roger Goodell and Rick Spielman both made good decisions in the same day? I guess that’s why they say that “even a broken clock is right twice a day”.

  3. 69jaredallen69 says: Mar 21, 2012 6:57 PM

    Spielman is shopping at K-Mart again! He better be careful as he might be working there in 2 years

  4. gsprulz says: Mar 21, 2012 6:59 PM

    Thank you Rick Spielman…honestly thought their was no chance he would come here instead of 49ers.

  5. truthserum4u says: Mar 21, 2012 6:59 PM

    Not quite as exciting as signing Carlson, the B-balling DB and the what’s his name FB, but hey!

    While it lacks pazazz, this actually is a pretty good signing. He apparently is considered an under-the-radar guy who is good now and has room to grow. Should help.

    Now onto the other 20 some spots on the roster that need upgrading!

  6. mnajb says: Mar 21, 2012 7:05 PM

    Nice!

  7. nineroutsider says: Mar 21, 2012 7:07 PM

    Damn, would’ve been a nice fit for the 9ers…

  8. jason1214 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:08 PM

    I love how Spielman is such an idiot, yet NFL GM’s make mistakes on FA’s & draft picks every year….its not an exact science people

  9. jenmatteson says: Mar 21, 2012 7:09 PM

    you mean starting left tackle, right? Now we can draft Claiborne and get a guard later in the draft…

  10. straighcashhomie84 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:10 PM

    SUPER BOWL!

  11. pharvinisback says: Mar 21, 2012 7:10 PM

    Sweet. Pick up Kalil in the draft and our line will be greatly improved from last season. Time to get a #1 receiver and some secondary and we are on our way to crawling out of the cellar!

  12. alldayvikings says: Mar 21, 2012 7:11 PM

    About time we get some linemen here.

  13. canadianvikingfaniii says: Mar 21, 2012 7:16 PM

    Good pick up, the Panthers have had some great pieces to that OLine and this guy should do wonders for the Vikes.

  14. Panda Claus says: Mar 21, 2012 7:21 PM

    May the Schwartz be with you.

  15. vike4life says: Mar 21, 2012 7:21 PM

    You guys say what you will….Teams are built up front first. Sign OL, TEs, Lead Blockers? What wrong with that? Take the pressure of Ponder with a good running game and protection. Draft Kalil, or Mo Claiborne. Cutting Remi was addition by subtraction for the D-line, There are still pretty good LBs to be had to help the defensive front seven. Sounds good to me!

  16. vike4life says: Mar 21, 2012 7:23 PM

    By the way this make the oldest OL start Johnso @ 27!

  17. draftdoctor says: Mar 21, 2012 7:24 PM

    Now that Spielman has filled the LT spot he can draft Claiborne.

  18. squared80 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:34 PM

    Herrera was a good guy who worked his way through the system to a starting role. Not great, but good. Injuries/concussions led to his release. Kalil, Schwartz, Sullivan, Fusco, and Loadholdt in a contract year. Our o-line is not going to be great, but it’s definitely looking good!

  19. early90smtv says: Mar 21, 2012 7:38 PM

    It’s nice to see some purple progress for a change. Purple.. progress. Yep, that’s right.

  20. scottieplongballs says: Mar 21, 2012 7:39 PM

    I don’t know much about this guy but he has to be an upgrade. With Kalil I think we will have a solid a line as we’ve had in years. I like the way Speilman is methodically rebuilding this team instead of pissing money all over town for free agents that get paid then under perform.

  21. purpwalk says: Mar 21, 2012 7:47 PM

    good start to FA – a week late

  22. gdeli says: Mar 21, 2012 8:01 PM

    charlie johnson is the ? mark on that line. sully too?

  23. gdeli says: Mar 21, 2012 8:08 PM

    rotoworld says sully has turned the corner and johnson will fit better at LG like in 2008 with the colts. I hope their right.

  24. adsbad28 says: Mar 21, 2012 8:13 PM

    @percyharvinisback Nice job stating the same thing the story said. That’s that Minnesota stupidness in ya. But I do like the pick up!! And who doesn’t know we need help at DB’S and WR’S!!!!

  25. jamesnieman says: Mar 21, 2012 8:19 PM

    If he is truely 100% healthy he could be a steal for the Vikings from what ive read about this guy hes a beast in run blocking and solid is pass protection, but is one of those under the radar type of guys. I just hope the Vikings can trade back and still get either Kalil or Reiff while picking up an early 2nd rd pick. They could get any 2 of these guys who would be instant starters and fill a need. Wr A. Jefferey, CB A. Dennard, LB L. David, CB S. Gilmore, or SS M.Barron. There’s still hope for this team if they make good decisions in the draft. Remember they lost 7 games by 7 points or less!

  26. brobokil says: Mar 21, 2012 8:21 PM

    I agree with this move and we HAVE been needing improvement on the O line. What I DON’T get is getting rid of Herrera and keeping Loadholt. Phil has been nothing but a bane on our offense, consistently picking up penalties and dropping blocks.

  27. pharvinisback says: Mar 21, 2012 8:56 PM

    adsbad28 says:
    Mar 21, 2012 8:13 PM
    @percyharvinisback Nice job stating the same thing the story said. That’s that Minnesota stupidness in ya. But I do like the pick up!! And who doesn’t know we need help at DB’S and WR’S!!!!
    —————————————————-
    What is your point Corky? So you are a Viking fan from out of state that loves to bash MN people. Pick another team son, you are not good enough to be one of us,, move along,,

  28. drewboise says: Mar 21, 2012 9:08 PM

    The Vikes will probably make another boneheaded move and let a probable pro bowl LT by them… Then use the pick on D-line, or trade. Can’t pass up to affect a stud tackle can have on the line.

  29. tjjivehour says: Mar 21, 2012 9:21 PM

    Sad to see him leave Carolina, but he should do well in Minnesota. That said, you guys definitely should play him at guard instead of tackle (he’s a rotational tackle, but he’s a pretty beastly guard). Draft Kalil and you guys might field an O-line for once!

  30. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Mar 21, 2012 9:25 PM

    is mike tice there to laugh at him and run him until he dies?

  31. dcviking says: Mar 21, 2012 9:33 PM

    I see that your Schwartz is as big as mine.

  32. pappavike says: Mar 21, 2012 10:02 PM

    Schwarts is a nice pickup, Still I really hope they draft Kalil. The Vikes would be pretty stout on the left side of the line. And if Loadholt comes to camp in shape that O line would be better than last that’s for sure. I have no problem with under the radar FA pickups Splashy High buck FA won’t make you a instant playoff team! Having better than average backups makes more sense!

  33. ponder7vikings says: Mar 21, 2012 10:10 PM

    Finally!!! Now let’s get a WR and a few cb and s

  34. canigetastadium says: Mar 22, 2012 12:20 AM

    Finally the Vikes get some help where they actually need it…hopefully its not too late. Speilman better hit a homerun w this Draft!!

  35. somatg3 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:35 AM

    like this signing, not flashy but necessary. now, sign ginn to help special teams and go after a vet safety and corner. we need to rebuild the entire secondary. pick up a wr or 2 in the draft along with kalil and we’re on our way back

  36. contra74 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:46 AM

    pharvinisback says:
    Mar 21, 2012 8:56 PM
    adsbad28 says:
    Mar 21, 2012 8:13 PM
    @percyharvinisback Nice job stating the same thing the story said. That’s that Minnesota stupidness in ya. But I do like the pick up!! And who doesn’t know we need help at DB’S and WR’S!!!!
    —————————————————-
    What is your point Corky? So you are a Viking fan from out of state that loves to bash MN people. Pick another team son, you are not good enough to be one of us,, move along,,
    ——
    Agreed! A Viking fan who bashes the fanbase and the state of Minnesota. Just do us all a favor and join the Saints or Packers fanbase.

  37. bobnelsonjr says: Mar 22, 2012 2:55 AM

    Schwartz is too young to flush his career down the toilet like this. Why sign with a lousy team like the vikings?

  38. jgedgar70 says: Mar 22, 2012 7:16 AM

    I hate to rain on your parade, Vikes fans, but this guy isn’t going to help you much. His most extensive playing time for us was in 2010 when our starting RT was hurt. He’s not all that great. He’s a decent run-blocker, but not so much on pass blocking. If he’s blocking Suh, Ponder is gonna get hit hard and often.

  39. theytukrjobs says: Mar 22, 2012 1:40 PM

    This is a great move since they need a guard and he can play guard well, and be available as a backup tackle in a pinch.

    If they draft Kahlil that would make for a pretty decent line. Though I would still rather see Charlie Johnson moved to RT and bring Loadholt inside to guard where he could dominate. I think most RT’s could outplay Loadholt but inside a man that big would do some damage.

    It would appear the Vikings are looking to create a two tight end, possesion based offense. This makes sense given their personel, and perhaps it lessens the impact of their lack of a true downfield WR.

    But they still need, need, need a good corner. Taking Claiborne 3rd overall would have everyone screaming retarded move but if this team doesn’t get better CB play then they’ll again neutralize their terrific pass rush with lack of skill outside.

  40. contra74 says: Mar 22, 2012 1:58 PM

    theytukrjobs says:
    Mar 22, 2012 1:40 PM

    It would appear the Vikings are looking to create a two tight end, possesion based offense. This makes sense given their personel, and perhaps it lessens the impact of their lack of a true downfield WR.
    ——-
    I believe you are right. Ponder does not have a rocket arm to deliver those long TD passes so it does appear they are building a possession based offense. I feel it would be great to have Kalil to give Ponder the time needed to make those throws.

  41. cpo187 says: Mar 22, 2012 3:14 PM

    alldayvikings says: Mar 21, 2012 7:11 PM
    About time we get some linemen here.

    No like the Vikings haven’t been trying to get a good O-line for some time. Remember McKinnie who never in his life allowed a sack until the NFL and then got lazy? Then they gave all that money to Hutch who looked like he was at the tail end of his career with the Vikes. Sullivan was a Pro Bowl center last year. If Mckinnie, and Hutch had played like they were capable that would have made 3 Pro Bowlers on the OL with 2 above average (but nothing special) guys on the right.

  42. sadviking says: Mar 22, 2012 3:16 PM

    Though I would still rather see Charlie Johnson moved to RT and bring Loadholt inside to guard where he could dominate…….My concern with Loadholt at guard is he just might be too big for Ponder to look downfield.

  43. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 22, 2012 4:56 PM

    cpo187 says:Mar 22, 2012 3:14 PM
    No like the Vikings haven’t been trying to get a good O-line for some time. Remember McKinnie who never in his life allowed a sack until the NFL and then got lazy? Then they gave all that money to Hutch who looked like he was at the tail end of his career with the Vikes. Sullivan was a Pro Bowl center last year. If Mckinnie, and Hutch had played like they were capable that would have made 3 Pro Bowlers on the OL with 2 above average (but nothing special) guys on the right.
    __________

    The only problems with that analysis are that Sullivan was not a Pro Bowl center last year, McKinnie did not play for the Vikings last year, and Hutchinson played as well as he could at his advanced age. Otherwise, you’re spot on.

  44. adsbad28 says: Mar 22, 2012 7:16 PM

    @percyharvinsback & contra74 its obvious most Minnesotans don’t support this team if u tards did there would have been a stadium built years ago. I know for a fact I’m a better, bigger, and more knowledgeable fan than u 2 and probably most up there in the worthless state of minnesooota.

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