Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Yes! The Vikings lock up Geoff Schwartz (and lose Remi Ayodele)

Geoff Schwartz says he's "excited to be a Minnesota Viking." But how excited are the Vikings to have Schwartz?

Excited enough to sign him to a one-year deal. But this is the latest example that other NFL teams (Bucs, Washington, St. Louis) are willing to splurge and buy tailor-made suits, while the Vikings are content to shop at second-hand clothing stores.

On a more serious note, Schwartz was good enough to start for Carolina and he's big (6'6, 330 pounds), young (25) and can play both tackle and guard. ESPN North blogger Kevin Seifert gazes into his crystal ball and lays out what the Vikings offensive line could look like in 2012.

I don't know, the Vikings offensive line was so bad last year, just about anybody would be an upgrade. Schwartz seems like he could be a big help.

Remi Ayodele

I've got no interest in pontificating about the New Orleans Saints bounty stuff today or Ayodele's role in it. But I do think it was a bit small-time how the Vikings cut Ayodele hours after Roger "The Hammer" Goodell announced the punishment he was handing out to the Saints.

I won't miss Ayodele. Hell, I barely noticed him last season. But the Vikings had to know they had no use for him weeks ago, and once they signed defensive tackles Letroy Guion and Fred Evans, they could have let Ayodele go then.

Instead they allowed him hang around until the Saints got punished for running the bounty program – something the Vikings knew was coming. This seems to me like a calculated release. Vikings fans will be too busy nodding their heads in approval over the punishment Goodell meted out to the Saints to question how Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and the coaching staff could have made such a mistake evaluating Ayodele's talents in the first place.

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  1. I'm liking the Schwartz signing, This is what Profootball Focus has to say about him.
    Geoff Schwartz, OT/ OG

    When the Carolina Panthers opted against tendering Schwartz, there was a collective gasp from the PFF team. Sure Ron Rivera wasn’t in charge when Schwartz managed to finish 2010 with a PFF grade of +12.3 despite playing two positions, but it wouldn’t have been hard to watch some tapes and see he’s got more talent than anything they can currently put out on the right side of their line. Schwartz offers the kind of versatility and talent that brings to mind a poor man’s Marshal Yanda; good enough to make him the best right tackle available and possibly the best value guard too. He has a very real chance to be this year’s Evan Mathis for a team with a diligent scouting department.

  2. SupaFan:

    Good to hear from you. I had not read that analysis on Schwartz at PFF. Pretty high praise. Interested to see how he fits in. The O-line might take time to gel as they will have three new starters and another guy (presumably Charlie Johnson) playing at a new position. Spring OTAs will be critically important for this crew.

    On the flip side, PFF panned the signing of John Carlson (which I'll get to in my Vikings Weekly Wrap on Friday.)

  3. I'm not sure about the last sentence and how it applies to Spielman. Could be he reads PFF too.