According to Spotrac, Geoff signed a 4 year / $16.80 million contract with the New York Giants, including a $3,200,000 signing bonus, $5,700,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $4,200,000. That’s some serious coin.
Coin that will get you put on the free-agent-flop list over at NFL.com, or in Geoff Schwartz case, at least honorable mention in an article titled, Saints’ Jairus Byrd leads list of top 10 free-agent flops. Here is where Geoff is mentioned along with some other less than desirable NFL free agents for 2014:
"Honorable mention: Josh McCown, Alterraun Verner, Michael Johnson, Evan Dietrich-Smith, Ben Tate, Michael Oher, Dennis Pitta, Geoff Schwartz."
So, Geoff is in good company.
At GMEN HQ, the last we wrote about big Schwartz was when our staff writer, Anthony Valerio gave us this update titled simply, Geoff Schwartz Injury Update. In it, Anthony made this cautious claim hoping Geoff would suit up for Monday Night Football.
"It would be great to see Schwartz back on the field and many can’t wait to see him return but not at the expense of potentially re-injuring himself. If Schwartz is able to suit up for this game, it will be interesting to see the changes the coaching staff will make to the offensive line wherever Schwartz is starting.One thing is for certain, if the Giants wish to keep their playoff hopes alive, they will need Schwartz to return sooner rather than later to help fix one of the team’s biggest weaknesses."
Now, big Geoff didn’t play, he’s still trying to get right from that nagging toe injury. Over at NJ.com, they got a few words from Geoff on the issue in a piece called, Giants lineman Geoff Schwartz expected to do more this week, return on horizon. Here’s what he had to say:
"“If you look at guys who have toe injuries, foot injuries, it’s tough because you don’t realize, I guess I never realized how much I really use my big toe,” Schwartz said last week. “It’s everything I do as an offensive lineman. I know being my weight doesn’t really help it either, but that’s kind of who I am. So I deal with it.”"
No matter your personal feelings on toe injuries or toughness, the guy hasn’t been able to play. IF you’re 340 lbs, maybe it is tough to play without a big toe, after all, it sounds reasonable and very difficult.
What doesn’t sound reasonable is the Giants signing players that end up on free-agent-flop lists, even if it is only an honorable mention. That’s not what anyone wants.
For Geoff Schwartz, he remains a player that can turn that stat around. He’s not on IR and as Giants Nation took witness to when Weston Richburg was carted off the field Monday Night, the Giants need Schwartz more than ever.
Regardless of their GIANT need, Schwartz is currently located in free agent BUST land and the only way out is through the WIN door. Can Geoff Schwartz plow through it, or is it already eight games too late?