Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Jon Asamoah (73) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chiefs defeated the Eagles 26-16. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs: Jon Asamoah or Geoff Schwartz?

With free agency quickly approaching, the Kansas City Chiefs have a ton of questions that are needing to be answered- particularly along the offensive line.

As of Monday, the Chiefs currently sit at about $6 million under the cap according to Adam Teicher of ESPN. Along with that, the NFL has yet to set its official cap number which some reports, Pro Football Talk in particular, are saying the cap number could exceed $132 million, which is great news for a number of teams across the league.

The reason that’s important for Kansas City is because they cannot afford to lose both offensive guards, Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz. Both will not be under contract come March when free agency begins and the Chiefs do not want to come away empty handed when it comes to either one.

Many reports from the combine indicated that Schwartz was going to be a highly targeted free agent and that he is likely to walk after just one season in Kansas City. Jon Asamoah is also a top free agent at his position, considering he turns 26 this year and was one of Pro Football Focuses top guards in the league after the 2012 season.

So my question is this, who do the Chiefs keep? Obviously they would like to go the cheapest route, considering the cap issues and the other positions of need that need to be filled as well.

Geoff Schwartz is the veteran of the two, and brings more versatility, as he has shown his ability to fill in at tackle and both guard spots. Asamoah probably has the higher ceiling because his age leaves you to believe he’s entering the prime of his career. Both are solid players at their position and the Chiefs would be comfortable with either one, but who?

It would be nice to see the Chiefs have one of these guys under contract before free agency starts, but it’s hard to say if that will happen. John Dorsey took care of these similar situations right at the deadline last year, with his signing of Dwayne Bowe and tagging Branden Albert. Let’s hope something similar happens this year.

So what does the Kingdom think? Would you rather Asamoah or Schwartz and why? Leave your comments below and follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to get the best content on all things KC sports related.


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  • Calchiefsfan

    Hard call to make, both are good. I would prefer resigning both and having Allen as the one coming off the bench. If I had to chose between them then it would probably be Schwartz since he seemed to play a little better in Reid’s system.

    • kcndaock

      Agreed Schwartz played better. Plus he’s so veristile if an injury did occur he could slide anyway and probably keep the continuity of the line together

      • Calchiefsfan

        I look at the O line issue as being more crucial than the WR issue. Would be nice, since it looks like we may have more cap room, to get both.

  • Joel Wagler

    I love Schwartz, but I love him as a back up for several positions. His versatility is terrific. If they can sign both for reasonable amounts, I think they should.

  • Matt Dickson

    No reason we can’t keep both these guys if Albert walks.

  • mnelson52

    I like both and hope we sign both, but if we can only sign one, it needs to be Schwartz. He can play other positions if we would be unfortunate enough to have an injury.

  • Josh Michaels

    Here’s the kicker though, Asamoah is the better pass blocker according PFF. So doesn’t he make more sense to stay in Reid’s offense?

  • CSconce

    If one of these guys were tagged, does anyone have a ballpark idea of what that would cost us?

    • Josh Michaels

      Well the highest payed guards in the league are between $7.5 and $9 mill per year. Neither one get that kind of money so realistic for us is to pay one of them around $4.5 to $6 mill per year. I honestly don’t see the Chiefs keeping both though I have my fingers crossed

    • Josh Michaels

      If tagged, they will get payed almost $8-9mill this year. That’s not gonna happen

  • Keaton Henry

    Easily would take Schwartz over Asamoah. #1 Schwartz can play all of the guard and tackle positions, plus he fit into the offense way better.

  • Bigtexjayhawk

    Fisher Hudson Kush Allen Stephenson
    Trade back add picks and hope to draft the kid from Ohio State.
    If Hudson cant play G and/or Kush not ready then sign the best one. We cant depend on FA acquisitions anymore. We NEED to develop the young ones and get them on the field.

  • tgaletti

    I’d love to see us somehow keep both . The passing game is more difficult without blockers , experienced ones at that.

  • tazer15

    Swartz but if you can get Asamoah cheap for insurance be ok.I thought he was better than he showed last year.Maybe I was wrong but I was scared of our Oline on paper it wasn’t good and it became evident it wasn’t great.Swartz can still start and slide around.You don’t make that guy a backup again.Hes already stated he won’t do it anyway.You can always move him around for injuries.I day dream everyday about those years how chappy we were but our line was awsome.

  • tazer15

    Szott, Shields, Alt, Grunny, Roaf list is endless ooooooh how I miss.You would think with Reid being an Oline guy hed shore this thing up!!!