Bucs LG J.R. Sweezy - Photo by: Getty Images
Just hours after re-signing running back Doug Martin to a five-year contract worth $35.75 million, the Buccaneers signed someone who might block for him – and their first free agent from another team – in former Seattle Seahawks guard J.R. Sweezy. He was signed to a five-year deal worth $32.5 million, including $14.5 million in guaranteed money. Sweezy will be paid $21 million over the first three years of the deal.
The retirement of Pro Bowl left guard Logan Mankins opened up a vacancy on the roster and in the starting lineup. Sweezy will got the first shot to replace Mankins at left guard, although third-year offensive lineman Kevin Pamphile could be in the mix for that spot or right tackle.
Sweezy was rated as the 69th best guard out of 82 guards last year, according to ProFootballFocus.com. He graded out 64th in pass protection and 52nd in run blocking with the Seahawks in 2015. The site also said that Sweezy has allowed the ninth most pressures from the guard position over the last four years.
The Bucs like Sweezy’s toughness, especially in the run game. Free agent defensive end Chris Long called Sweezy an “enforcer” on his Twitter feed.
Sweezy, Seattle’s seventh-round pick out of North Carolina State in 2012, played with Bucs backup quarterback Mike Glennon in college, but was a defensive end in college before moving to the offensive side of the ball in the NFL. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Sweezy has played in 59 career games with 49 starts. The 26-year old lineman had reportedly drawn interest from 10 teams, including Tampa Bay.
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The draft options remain open for CB, DE, DT or S. Who knows we might just be able to take anyone who somehow falls to us in the first round regardless of position needs. Stayed tuned. Maybe something else will come to us in the next few days.
Need a potential right tackle for Cherelus and go to D in the draft. We are moving in the right direction.
I’m not a fan of any of the Seahawks O-linemen. It seems like over the last two years every other time Wilson drops back to pass he ends up running for his life. I think ProFootballFocus’ assessment pretty much says it all. I’ll be curious to see how much we paid him for this 5 year deal.
I agree pinkstob. This guy is no Logan Mankins. Of course the Seahawks also traded away their All Pro center in Max Unger for Jimmy Graham so that could have something to do with the problems on the Seahawks line last year.
Oliver Vernon just signed with the Jets so he is off the table at DE.
Hopefully we can get a good CB and a starting RT to help shore the line up.
drdneast, did you see the money that Vernon got !!!!!! OMG, we would never be able to compete with that! I’m glad we didn’t stay in that bidding war. I wanted him real bad, but not THAT bad. Now we get a solid vet to play until our drafted kids are ready. Ayers or maybe even D. Shelby, though he is not really a vet. Hoping for Ayers and a Safety and a solid CB.
Gee drdneast: Did you see the size of yet another check the “cheapskate” Glazers wrote And they did it the first hour of the free agency period. Guess Licht didn’t have to “squeeze” them too long before they gave in.
Oops, Sweezy was on my wish list for O-linemen. I don’t remember where I read it, but I thought he was a solid starter at OG. I knew he was no Osemele, but I knew Osemele was too expensive anyway and I just wanted a solid starter. Just goes to show that you can’t believe everything you read:( If I could remember where I read that, I would probably never read anything from them again. Oh well, hopefully he is better than this article suggests and can at least compete with Pamphile for the starting gig. At the very least, he would add veteran depth to our O line, which we desperately need.
How are we paying a backup OG, ranked nearly dead last at his position last year, almost as much money as our RB who was second in the league?
I don’t get it, either. Maybe Martin can block for Sweezy?
Gee, I thought J.R. Sweezy was listed as Seattle’s starting RG.
My guess is that they had to choose between losing LT Russell Okung or him. In other words they may have had to come up with some big bucks which they did not have in order to keep them both and they made their choice. Of course I have no idea what their cap situation is. Only speculation on my part.
The Bucs conceivably could get more OL talent in the draft.
As far as the Bucs spending or failing to spend and not coming up with a big “catch” for the DL, I want to reiterate a point I made elsewhere today.
What really happened in the Olivier Vernon situation. How is it he was restricted and then the Dolphins suddenly changed their minds today? Did the Bucs or any body else even have a chance to try to get him? As I said earlier in another post “The Vernon deal makes me wonder what went on behind the scenes. Why did Miami pull their transition tag offer for him? Hmm, Seems like a lot of money was at stake. Oh, well it was probably just a coincidence.”
How did the Giants negotiate a deal giving him $85 million (with $52.5 million guaranteed)so quickly? Did they just throw so much money at him that it was a deal “he just couldn’t refuse”? or …
I don;t even know what you’re trying to imply. There’s no conspiracy theory to even entertain. Teams are absolutely allowed to withdraw the transition tag. The Dolphins did. The Giants paid an ungodly sum of money for his services, which they could have done anyways when he still had the transition tag on him. What are you missing exactly?
The reason that Miami pulled the transition tag is that after landing Mario Williams, they knew they could not match a high bid like the one he signed at the Giants.
There is no compensation if they had lost that Bid. By pulling the tag, even though they lost Vernon, they will get a high compensatory pick (likely a 3rd round) from the NFL in 2017 for their loss – something better than nothing!
I think this og is a pieace of the puzzle for tampa this year.Go Bucs
I am happy because we didn’t lose Martin. Les happy about spending 32 million on the #81 FA at PFT, but depth isn’t terrible I guess.
I will check my criticism of PFW’s rankings vs Sweezy’s new contract. This coach seems to know how to use his offensive linemen. After getting the most out of Hawley, Cherilus, Marpet, Smith, Smith, Pamphile, Dotson, and of course Mankins, the Bucs have EARNED my respect on their ability to put a good line together.
I agree with you. These guys know OL’s, and have earned my trust.
Ummmmmm… Eric Wright, part deux. I thought we weren’t going to be compulsive about paying top dollar for mediocrity any more. Is our line coach his uncle?
Enforcer. I’m for always adding nasty to either side of the line. As far as what he’s making, that’s just what these guys are getting paid now. Added a young pro, who played with the best, solid signing.
I don’t get this signing. 6.5 mil a year for the 64tg rank guard. We paid way to much. Boone, the 10th best guard, went for 6.6 mil a year. Why not shell out the extra 100,000 a year and get a top 10 player at his position. I thought we had a good GM in licht. Maybe not.
Check out the video link at Joe Bucs of Tom Cable breaking down Sweezy. You might feel differently about the signing. Guy’s a bad ass linemen on film, with years ahead of him. Think they keep him at RG, and move Marpet next to Smith.
Here’s the thing about film (why does everyone still call it that, everything’s digital now). Anyone in the NFL can look like a bad ass on film depending on who is making the film because every starter plays well occasionally, that’s why they’re starters. Now how does Sweezy’s film look compared to every other starting guard in the NFL? Probably not much different. That’s why we should be making our judgments based on the full games, not broken down film. Unless the film you watched showed all of his snaps from last season it’s a biased film. ProFootballFocus grades EVERY snap. While their grading scale is subjective like everyone elses, at least it takes into account every snap, so his grading probably isn’t too far off. In other words, if he’s the 64th ranked OG then in reality maybe he’s the 60th or 70th depending on who you ask, but he’s certainly not a top 10 OG, which is what we just paid him. I don’t like the signing, not for that amount of money anyway. We should be paying him $2.5 million a year, $3 million at the most and that’s taking into account that everyone gets paid more than they’re worth early in FA. He’s really worth about $1.5 million a year.
Pink,that was my point. I like this kid but don’t think he is worth what we paid. Would have rather spent another couple hundred thousand and got Boone who is top 10 at his position. I think we way over paid.
I don’t know enough to compliment or complain. I usually look at free agency as the one time you get to get better at a position for a premimum.
I think for a free agent, you have to ask “does this guy make us better at this position”? Doug Martin keeps us the same. If Sweezy is a starter at RG or LG, are we better than last year?
Mac, no we are not better at guard because we are replacing a probowler with Sweezy. I don’t think we could have found a player in FA that would be an upgrade over Mankins though. Boone would have almost been an even trade off.
This OG is a prime player that will help the offensive line for many years to come. go bucs
It’s obvious the Bucs don’t want to overpay for any FA, but I continually see posters saying certain players “are not worth that kind of money”. Frankly, whatever the GM thinks a player is worth, that’s what he’s worth. We shouldn’t care…we’re not the GM. It’s his duty to get players that will help the team and stay under the cap (and over the minimum if the cap). Btw, I heard a surprising statistic yesterday on the NFL Network. Half the players who were in the Super Bowl this year were free agents. Maybe “just building through the draft” isn’t always the way to go!
toofamiliar17 and macabee: I have egg all over my face! It was a bad attempt at a joke and a really bad attempt at hyperbole. Upon rereading what I wrote I think it would become even more convoluted if I tried to explain what I was trying to say.
In addition, I was truly ignorant of the speculations that were all over the sports news world (on Tuesday) concerning how much money New York might be willing come up with for Vernon. So it could not have worked anyway.
From now on I will stick to normal straightforward discussion.
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