KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs are keeping the anchor of the right end of their offensive line in the fold through 2021, with Mitchell Schwartz agreeing to terms on a one-year extension Wednesday.
Schwartz had $13.2 million remaining the five-year, $33 million free agency deal he signed in 2016. The one-year extension adds $11.255 million to what remains on his contract, according to a report from the NFL Network. The new money will be spread out over all three years of the new deal, a source confirmed to Chiefs Digest.
The Chiefs confirmed the extension Wednesday afternoon. Schwartz also confirmed the deal, expressing his excitement on Twitter.
“Thanks to the Chiefs for continued belief in me!!” Schwartz tweeted. “Looking forward to an exciting season!”
The extension with Schwartz gives the team additional control over their starting offensive line in the coming seasons. Both Schwartz and left tackle Eric Fisher are signed through the 2021 season, while right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is inked through 2022. Center Austin Reiter and swing lineman Cam Erving are both signed through 2020. Guard Andrew Wylie is an exclusive rights free agent in 2020 and a restricted free agent in 2021.
While Schwartz has often found himself snubbed by the Pro Bowl in favor of left tackles, he's established himself as the league's preeminent right tackle since joining the Chiefs in 2016. He earned first-team All Pro honors last season from the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers of America and Pro Football Focus. He's earned second-team All-Pro from the AP in 2015 and 2016.
The one-year extension boost Schwartz among the league's top-paid right tackles, but still makes him a relative bargain in the current marketplace. His average cap hit of $9.085 million over the next three years ranks fifth among all right tackles.