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.