Recently, we wrote about the possibility of the New York Giants pursuing right tackle Mitchell Schwartz when NFL free agency opens next month. That would team him with brother Geoff, provided the Giants decide to keep the veteran right guard. Only, according to Geoff Schwartz, he and his brother playing together might not be such a great idea.
"I don't know if we would get along too well playing next to each other for a while, just because of our personalities," Geoff Schwartz said. "Maybe after a week or so we'd kind of get tired of each other. He's a great player, don't get me wrong. He's the best right tackle this year, I hope he goes somewhere and get every cent he can get ... We just see things differently, we're just two different personalities. I see gray areas and my brother's more black and white. Even if you look on Twitter, the way he breaks down games, he's very analytical, very technical, that's the way he is. We really see the game the same way, but we just bicker too much."
Ahh, families. Anyone who has siblings can certainly understand the sometimes mixed-up, difficult relationships between them. I have no idea what the relationship between Mitchell and Geoff is like. Maybe it's great. Maybe it isn't. In writing about Mitchell Schwartz being a possible free agent target for the Giants I admit that I didn't really consider the idea that the brothers might not be comfortable playing together.
Geoff has two years remaining on a four-year, $16.8 million contract with the Giants. Mitchell, playing a position that is considered to be higher profile, is likely to command a contract that will dwarf that.
"It would be a lot of money for the Schwartzes on one team," Geoff said. "He's going to go obviously where he gets the most, that's how free agency works ... I hope he goes somewhere and gets every cent he can get. I just don't know if the Giants are in position to pay a right tackle eight-and-a-half, nine million dollars."
Geoff updates his health
Geoff Schwartz finished a second straight season on IR in 2015, playing 11 games before fracturing his ankle. In 2014, he suffered a dislocated toe and a broken ankle. It was obvious watching Schwartz way back in training camp last year that he was never 100 percent recovered from the 2014 injury. He admitted that during the season he "had some issues with the nerves in my foot where I didn't feel my foot for three games."
Schwartz knows his injuries put him at risk of being let go but told Jordan Ranaan of NJ Advance Media that he wants to "honor this deal" that he signed.
"It was tough," he said. "I knew coming into the season it was going to be that way. It was a major injury. I felt I battled my way through it. There were times it didn't go as planned, and that coincided with the three games I couldn't feel my ankle. That is the way it works. It was tough."
When healthy in his career Schwartz has been a good player. Will the Giants roll the dice with him one more time and see if they can finally get the player they paid for?