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Updated: March 21st, 2012 5:38pm
Vikings agree to terms with offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz

Vikings agree to terms with offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz

by Judd Zulgad
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Geoff Schwartz decided the Minnesota Vikings were the best fit for him.

Two days after visiting the team, the offensive lineman agreed to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

"Excited to be a Minnesota Viking!!!" Schwartz tweeted.

Schwartz spent time at Winter Park on Monday but left without a deal and spent Tuesday visiting with the San Francisco 49ers. The Detroit Lions also were interested in Schwartz, who has played right tackle and right guard.

Schwartz, 25, missed last season because of a hip injury and didn't receive a restricted free-agent tender from Carolina, but he is believed to be healthy again and expects to play in 2012.

After spending time in Minnesota on Monday, Schwartz tweeted, "Awesome visit with the Vikings! ... Now another 2 flights and I'll be in (San Francisco) tonight."

Vikings offensive line coach Jeff Davidson is familiar with Schwartz, having coached him in Carolina, where the onetime seventh-round draft pick played in all 32 games and started 19 over two seasons.

The Vikings need depth along the line, especially if Joe Berger -- the swing backup a year ago -- ends up starting at right guard. 

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Joe Berger, Geoff Schwartz