How Do Let Your Right Tackle Leave?
To myself, as well as a lot of other fans, Schwartz was at the top of the free agent priority list. Schwartz, 26, has not missed a snap in his career, as he played at an extremely high level in 2015.
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Just ask Super Bowl MVP Von Miller about Schwartz, who held Miller to only two QB pressures. Rumors were even flying around that Schwartz might become the highest paid right tackle in football.
Schwartz opted to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs after some umm…”interesting” negotiation tactics from Cleveland the Cleveland Browns. By “interesting” I mean pulling the offer. That’s right, the Browns literally pulled the offer from Schwartz, guaranteeing he sign somewhere else.
On a quick note, can we at least take in the fact that the Browns pulled the offer from someone who wanted to play here? I love Cleveland, but we do not have the nicest weather or the greatest beaches here, so when you finally get someone who is a) a good player and b) wants to be here, it might be a good idea to re-sign them! But, I digress.
This is pretty inexcusable from the Cleveland Browns’ perspective. With a league where edge pressure is everything on defense, it is important to maintain high-quality starters at the tackle position.
Doing that is especially the case when the deal is a bargain of $6.5 million a year. Now, the Cleveland Browns will likely downgrade at the position via the 2016 NFL Draft and/or free agency scraps.
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