Just a year ago, the Kansas City Chiefs lifted the Lombardi Trophy. They did it with Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz starting at left and right tackle respectively. Today they both received their walking papers and thus added two proven veteran starting tackles to the market.
The Raiders also made a big move at tackle, trading Trent Brown to the Patriots for a last-round draft pick change in 2022. The move leaves them needing to be right tackle. Filling that spot was made much more feasible with these moves on the part of their division rivals.
Schwartz, in particular, appears to be a legitimate possibility. Cal’s student has been a starting right tackle in the NFL for nine seasons for the Browns and Chiefs. During the past five seasons at KC, he was named a first-team All-Pro once and a second-team All-Pro another three times.
His bookend linemate Fisher had some rough years early in his career as a former top overall pick. But he has gotten to his business, reaching the Pro Bowl in each of his last two full seasons.
The 6-7, 315-pounder has played left tackle for the past seven years, which would suggest he might want to go to a team that wants him to stay there, but it’s not unheard of to switch sides.
Both tackles finished last season on injured reserve. Fisher’s Achilles is the more serious of the two, as it could threaten to keep him off the field for at least part of next season. Schwartz had back surgery a few weeks ago and said he didn’t expect it to take time.
In general, any talent added to the market is good for teams looking for players in that position.
What started out as just a handful of decent options on the market has grown into several solid options. Trent Williams remains the number one free agent on the market, followed by Daryl Williams.
Schwartz and Fisher enter the mix after that alongside former Vikings LT Riley Reiff and former Packers RT Rick Wagner, and all of a sudden it’s a pretty attractive tackle market, which is great news for the Raiders and others. teams that need it in position. .
You can see other solid free agent tackle options for the Raiders here.