When guard/tackle Rodger Saffold decided to pack his bags and leave St. Louis and the Rams then released guard Harvey Dahl, the Rams’ offensive line situation looked more uncertain than ever, that may just change, and soon.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported Monday that the Rams have shown “interest” in Kansas City Chiefs guard, Geoff Schartz. The great thing about Schwartz, is like Saffold, he can also play right tackle, but fits better on the inside.
Schwartz, a former seventh-round pick by the Chiefs, started only seven games last season, yet still managed to rank as the eighth best guard on Pro Football Focus. He graded 17th in pass blocking(5.3) and 14th in run blocking(7.3). Schwartz did however allow two quarterback sacks.
Compare that to Saffold, the guy the Rams are losing, and the Rams may just actually make an upgrade at the position by signing Schwartz. Saffold graded as the 18th best guard on Pro Football Focus. He graded at 26th in pass blocking(2.2) and 19th in run blocking(5.8). Saffold didn’t however allow a sack while at guard.
With one simple signing such as Schwartz, who is only 27, the Rams would be reconstructing their recently torn apart offensive line. The Rams also have nine draft picks and many are expecting the Rams to take an offensive lineman with their number two overall pick.
Free agency is set to start later today at 4PM ET and of all the free agents that the Rams have been rumored to have interest in, Schwartz may be the most likely to actually come to St. Louis.