In need of an upgrade at right tackle, the New York Giants have reportedly expressed interest in Mitchell Schwartz of the Cleveland Browns, who is probably the best one on the free-agent market. Per the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons all showed interest in Schwartz on the first day of the free agent "tampering" window.
Marshall Newhouse started all 16 games at right tackle for the Giants last season. With the Giants having released Will Beatty and Mitchell's brother, Geoff Schwartz, they were expected to be in the market for offensive line help. The indication they are in the hunt for Schwartz is the first report of that being the case.
Schwartz, a 2012 second-round pick by the Browns, has not missed a start in his four seasons. He is 26 years old.
Pro Football Focus gives Schwartz a grade of 86.6, which makes him a Pro Bowl-caliber player in the PFF scoring system. PFF says:
"Although he did allow 43 total pressures this season, he also was tied for the most snaps in pass protection with a whopping 705; by comparison, only 15 tackles had more than 600 pass-block snaps. Schwartz has earned a positive overall grade in all four seasons, and is coming off the best season of his career. In addition, Schwartz has not missed a single snap out of 4,427 over his four years in the league."
Teams cannot sign players until 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Would you like to see Schwartz at right tackle for the Giants next season?