Former Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz sat out the 2021 season and based off Thursday’s news, it looks like he’ll be sitting out for good.
Schwartz announced his retirement after nine seasons in the NFL. He was originally drafted in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. The former Golden Bear played in Cleveland for the first four years of his career before signing a five-year, $33 million deal with the Chiefs in 2016.
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Schwartz’s first season with the Chiefs resulted in a second-team All-Pro nod. Schwartz eventually made second-team All-Pro, at minimum, over the course of four straight seasons; the peak of his time with the Chiefs being the team’s Super Bowl LIV victory against the San Fransisco 49ers.
Schwartz sat out the 2021 season after sustaining a back injury against the Buffalo Bills in Week 6 of the 2020 season. He had subsequent surgery in February, but the recovery timeline didn’t pan out as expected, so he didn’t play.
Even though Schwartz’s health was still a big question, there’s certainly a possibility the Chiefs and Chiefs fans, alike, were holding out slight hope for a possible Schawrtz-Chiefs reunion if the Orlando Brown Jr. situation ends up playing out the way it appears it will.
If healthy, Schwartz would’ve started at right tackle, which would’ve allowed the Chiefs to move Joe Thuney to left tackle and Andrew Wylie to left guard. The Chiefs are obviously a better team with Brown Jr. in the lineup, but they could get by with this combo.
But, based off Schwartz’s post, it doesn’t seem very likely and it looks like the 33-year-old’s playing days are done.
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