Pretty much every team in the league could use a healthy Mitchell Schwartz. When he's on the field, he's arguably the best right tackle in the NFL. But after an injury-plagued 2020 campaign, the Kansas City Chiefs elected to release the former first-team All-Pro.
Their loss will be another team's gain, so here are the three best remaining destinations for the 31-year-old in free agency.
Mitchell Schwartz Free Agency
3. Kansas City Chiefs
Even though they released him, the Kansas City Chiefs remain an excellent fit for Schwartz. By all accounts, he seemed to love his time in Arrowhead and has been pretty vocal about welcoming linemen like Kyle Long and Joe Thuney to the organization. Both are guards, though, and the Chiefs still have two gaping holes at tackle. If he's willing to take a team-friendly deal, Kansas City could re-sign Schwartz to fill in at RT while addressing the blindside in the 2021 NFL Draft.
2. Los Angeles Chargers
Schwartz is from Los Angeles, and a homecoming could be a great fit for both sides. The Chargers need help at tackle and have the fifth-most remaining cap space in the NFL. This team is not that far away from being a real contender, and adding a piece like Schwartz could help get them there. The biggest roadblock would be the presence of Bryan Bulaga, another accomplished veteran right tackle. But it's not insane to think new head coach Brandon Staley could move either Schwartz or Bulaga over to Justin Herbert's blindside.
1. Baltimore Ravens
This move would only make sense if the Baltimore Ravens trade Trent Brown, who has reportedly asked to be dealt. If Baltimore does eventually need to replace their stalwart right tackle, there won't be many better options than Schwartz. Plus, picking up some significant draft capital for Brown then replacing him with one of the best tackles in the NFL feels like a very Ravens thing to do.
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