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Cabot: Mitchell Schwartz Drawing Interest From NFC Teams

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Two of the Browns' free agent offensive linemen are already among the most coveted free agents in the NFL.

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According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, four teams have already shown interest in Cleveland Browns RT Mitchell Schwartz. Cabot says that the interest comes from the Bucs, Giants, Vikings and Falcons, all of whom are in the NFC. The Falcons' interest stands out the most, as one would wonder if Atlanta is trying to put feelers out to linemen who Kyle Shanahan has previously worked with. Earlier today, it was reported that the Falcons have extensive interest in C Alex Mack.

The Falcons' interest is a bit perplexing for another reason: last season, Ryan Schraeder played at right tackle for Atlanta, and according to Pro Football Focus, his rating was second in the NFL, only behind Schwartz. Schraeder is a restricted free agent who received a second-year tender earlier today. Is it possible the club would view either Schwartz or Schraeder as a left tackle?

The Giants' interest is also a bit funny, because the team recently cut his brother, Geoff Schwartz. In Tampa Bay, George Warhop, who used to be Schwartz' offensive line coach in Cleveland, is the Buccaneers' offensive line/run game coordinator.

Cabot also throws out the "$8.5 million a year" figure for Schwartz, which makes you wonder if that came from his agent. I suggested paying Schwartz $6.8 million a year, while Joel Corry of CBS Sports expected Schwartz to seek $9.5 million a year.