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Transactions roundup: Lions sign OL Geoff Schwartz

Searching for some versatility up front, the Lions have signed former Panthers, Vikings, Giants and Chiefs guard/tackle Geoff Schwartz, the team announced Wednesday.

Schwartz, 29, parlayed a fantastic 2013 in Kansas City into a four-year, $16.8 million deal with the Giants in 2014. However, a broken toe and broken leg in consecutive seasons limited his game time to just 13 starts in two seasons.

The one-year deal seems to be fairly risk-averse for the Lions and a good opportunity for Schwartz to build his price for free agency next year. Currently, the Lions are starting first-round pick Laken Tomlinson at one guard spot with Larry Warford slated at the other -- all five starters from a disappointing 2015 unit have returned.

If nothing else, Schwartz will provide a quality veteran presence. His attitude and leadership in New York's locker room were not forgotten by the club over two difficult seasons and a good deal of turnover.

Here are other transactions that went down on Wednesday:

  1. The Bengals reached a contract agreement with former Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The team announced it signed linebacker Karlos Dansby.
  1. The Chargers will sign former Titans quarterback Bryn Renner, a source told Rapoport.
  1. Ex-Houston Texans tight end Mike McFarland has signed with the Indianapolis Colts, the team announced.
  1. The Patriots signed defensive back E.J. Biggers, the team confirmed. Biggers started three games with the Philadelphia Eagles last season.
  1. Former Chicago Bears defensive end Jarvis Jenkins has been reunited with Matt Forte, signing a deal with the New York Jets, the team announced.
  1. Offensive lineman Manny Ramirez, who played with the Detroit Lions last season, signed a one-year deal with the Bears, according to the team.
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