The Chiefs drafted Jon Asamoah in the 3rd round of the 2010 NFL draft out of Illinois. He played in 59 of the Chiefs’ 64 games since his selection, mostly at right guard. He started 41 games, 40 in the last three seasons.
Asomoah suffered a shoulder injury in the second half of the 2013 season, and missed a few games down the stretch. Geoff Schwartz replaced him, and played quite well.
While the Chiefs might like to keep both free agents, Geoff Schwartz will most likely be the cheaper of the two, and Kansas City can’t afford to keep both.
NFL teams are allowed to start talking to free agents at 11 a.m. CST today to negotiate new deals, although no new contracts may be officially signed until Tuesday 3 p.m. CST.
Asamoah is bound to be a popular target for any numbers of teams in the next few days. He is only 26 years old, with 4 full years of experience. He has been a solid, dependable starter for the Chiefs but he has never really stood out.
Schwartz seemed to be a better fit for Andy Reid‘s version of the West Coast offense, or at the very least, more comfortable than Asomoah. There isn’t anything negative that stands out about Asamoah’s performance last year, or any other season for that matter, but neither did he grab your attention. Asamoah wasn’t flashy or dominant, nor was he a void in the offensive line.
It is still possible for the Chiefs to re-sign Jon Asamoah, but if several teams are interested in him, it will difficult for Kansas City to compete on a tight budget. They must pick and choose, and look for the Chiefs to choose Schwartz.