Chiefs add free-agent offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz

Jan. 3, 2016; Cleveland; Browns offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz (72) against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Jan. 3, 2016; Cleveland; Browns offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz (72) against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After watching offensive lineman Donald Stephenson and Jeff Allen leave via free agency, the Chiefs moved quickly to fill the void.

The Chiefs signed free-agent offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz to a contract, a source familiar with the transactions confirmed Wednesday evening with ChiefsDigest.com and The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed and the source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Chiefs have not announced the signing.

For his part, Schwartz, who joins the Chiefs from the Cleveland Browns, took to Twitter to confirm his signing.

“I’m excited to announce that I’ll be joining the Chiefs,” Schwartz tweeted, while including the hashtag #ChiefsKingdom.

Rand Getlin of the NFL Network was the first to report the news.

The 6-5, 320-pound Schwartz entered the league in 2012 out of California as a second-round pick of the Browns. He has been a model of durability since, appearing and starting in 64 games.

Schwartz, who turns 27 in June, should immediately be considered for the starting job at right tackle on the Chiefs offensive line.

He is the brother of offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, who played for the Chiefs in 2013.

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Herbie Teope is the lead Chiefs beat writer for ChiefsDigest.com and The Topeka Capital-Journal. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @HerbieTeope.

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