Christian Ponder is probably feeling a littler safer today because the Vikings are expected to sign free-agent offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz. Schwartz broke the news on his Twitter page by tweeting he's "excited to be a Minnesota Viking." The 6-foot-6, 331 pound lineman is projected to replace Anthony Herrera at right guard.
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Vikings to host offensive tackle Geoff Schwartz on Monday
The Minnesota Vikings have been very inactive since the free agent market opened last week. The team signed tight end John Carlson, as well as re-signing defensive linemen Letroy Guion and Fred Evans. The next name to sign could be offensive tackle, Geoff Schwartz, who is expected to work out for the Vikings on Monday.
Schwartz leaves Minnesota to visit 49ers
Free agent offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz visited the Vikings on Monday, but he left town without signing a contract. Schwartz wants to make all of his scheduled free agent visits, and next on his list is San Francisco. On his Twitter page Schwartz said he had an "Awesome visit with the Vikings today."
Schwartz sidelined with abdomen injury
Vikings guard Geoff Schwartz joins a growing list of injured players at training camp in Mankato. He has been sidelined with abdominal strain and was sent back to the Twin Cities for further evaluation. Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier says the former Carolina Panther was having difficulty turning his body.
New Vikings OL Schwartz to get sports hernia surgery
New Vikings offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz is expected to miss most or all of the preseason because of a sports hernia that will require minor surgery. The former Carolina Panthers starter, who joined the Vikings in March, got his diagnosis from a Twin Cities specialist after having trouble changing direction in practices.
Vikings haven't been drafting offensive linemen in the first round
Drafting offensive linemen in the first round hasn't been the Viking way. The last lineman they took in the first round of the NFL Draft was Bryant McKinnie, and that was back in 2002. That might help explain why Christian Ponder has been running for his life.
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