Chiefs add OT Mitchell Schwartz with five-year deal


The Kansas City Chiefs have landed a new starting offensive tackle.

The team on Wednesday agreed in principle to a five-year deal with former Browns lineman Mitchell Schwartz, a source familiar with the negotiations told NFL Media's Rand Getlin.

Chalk it up as a solid get for the Chiefs, who needed help along a front five that just saw right tackle Donald Stephenson sign with the Broncos. Schwartz, 26, is a distinct upgrade over veteran Jah Reid.

With guard Jeff Allen also departing for the Texans, the Schwartz signing is almost against the grain for a Chiefs team that typically allows veteran linemen to bolt as free agents in order to replace them with less-expensive, younger blockers.

Schwartz has started 64 straight games since being selected by the Browns in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Last season was his best to date, as he graded out as the NFL's sixth-best tackle, per Pro Football Focus. Of course, he's not the only football player in the family:

While the Chiefs add a shiny new piece, the Browns are in trouble after watching both Schwartz and Pro Bowl center Alex Mack bolt for greener pastures on the open market.