Buccaneers Sign Guard J.R. Sweezy

March 9th, 2016


Here comes another Super Bowl ring to your Buccaneers’ roster.

Tampa Bay has paid guard J.R. Sweezy, who turns 27 in April, to leave Seattle and head to Tampa. Sweezy started 46 games over the past three years for the Seahawks.

What’s odd and interesting is that Sweezy played right guard there, and the Bucs have Ali Marpet at right guard. However, Sweezy is a converted defensive lineman, a seventh-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft out of North Carolina State. He’s an athletic dude known for his run blocking, and clearly the Bucs think he can be versatile.

Joe thinks it’s obvious that Sweezy will compete at left guard in the battle with Kevin Pamphile to replace Logan Mankins. And the Bucs might get real serious quickly in training Marpet at center.

Marpet often was the No. 3 center in practices last year. Joe’s not saying Marpet will make the switch in 2016, but Joe could see him being the backup center this year.

Just keep Sweezy off the local buses, and all should be good.

83 Responses to “Buccaneers Sign Guard J.R. Sweezy”

  1. Rod Munch Says:

    From Rotoworld, includes the fan favorite PFF grade…

    “Although Sweezy has a big name, he was a 16-game starter on one of the NFL’s worst offensive lines last season, and graded out 69th among 82 qualifiers in PFF’s guard grades.”

    So is he a starter or just depth or truly going to compete for a job in an open competition?

  2. unbelievable Says:

    I hope our starting guards can pass protect better than JR Sweezey has the last few years. He’s a beast in the run game (regardless of what PFF says), but not so great in pass protection.

  3. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Hey, that’s great news since our offense will have to score 30 per game to win by 2 or 3 points.

  4. NJBucsFan Says:

    Not impressed, better options available earlier but I guess we were too busy trying to resign Dougie.

  5. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    J.R. Sweezy was the 66th ranked guard. What a signing!

  6. Lord Says:

    Wah wah wah!

    Keep crying babies! It’s hilarious

  7. Tbbucs3 Says:

    This guy can make some great blocks but isn’t consistent yet. The Bucs saw his ability these coaches can develop him cause he’s still relatively new to guard.

  8. Tbbucs3 Says:

    NFL teams don’t make signings based on pro football focus.

  9. DI Says:

    I’m thinking it’s a good depth/competition signing. It’ll make Pamphile win the job and Sweezy will be the sixth lineman as an “eligible receiver”.

  10. jb Says:

    Not impressed at all. Probably won’t even make our roster this season. If he does, we have a huge problem at guard. The guy isn’t that good at all when you look at his stats. So far, completely unimpressed by what Licht’s doing. It looks like since he screwed up so bad when he first got here signing 3 high priced stiffs on the first day of free agency, he’s scared to offer anyone close to what the going rate is. I seriously doubt we’ll sign Ayers. Looks like the Glazers have told him to be very careful with their……..OUR money. I suppose they need that extra season ticket money for those new scoreboards, because it sure as hell isn’t going for quality free agents……
    At least they allowed him to keep Martin!
    There’s a reason none of us are GMs I suppose. SMH

  11. NYbucsfan Says:

    I’m glad we got Martin back but the team has not got any better maybe took a step back with out Logan

  12. Pickgrin Says:

    Any potential help for the OLine or Dline is valuable. Can’t find any info on the terms yet.

    Looks like we lost out to KC for Schwartz 🙁

  13. NYbucsfan Says:

    We don’t need a 31 year old pass rusher the let go instead of a one handed player. Would be a waist of money

  14. tmaxcon Says:

    bucs need help at guard and tackel desperately. yes this cat is not perfect but going into the season with Pamphile penciled in at LG with ONLY 1 Game his entire LIFE at guard is beyond stupid….

    The rules are simple…

    1. Protect Winston
    2. Give Winston Weapons with experience
    3. SEE RULE 1

  15. thunderchunkyPA Says:

    I love all these experts on her.e how many of us actually watch the O line on other teams? There are other experts saying he was the most consistent O Lineman from a super bowl winning team. Welcome the man to Tampa, and let the GM do his job, and let the Coaches coach.

  16. GhostofSchiano Says:

    I’ll take Zane Beadles over Sweezy

  17. Fsuking Says:

    Mike Wallace anyone?

  18. Cobraboy Says:

    No way Marpet goes to center.

    Sweezy will compete at LG. Not sure Pamphile is set there at all.

    The NFL now uses many 6 OL sets.

    My Seahawk friends say he’s a mauler. Last season the OL got much better when Hawley, another mauler, was put in.

    I like “nasty” on an OL.

  19. GhostofSchiano Says:

    jb says – . I suppose they need that extra season ticket money for those new scoreboards,

    Yes, they needed to make it triple digit since opposing teams will most likely score in triple digits on this pathetic defense that Licht refuses to upgrade.

  20. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    Surprised Browns S Tashaun Gipson hasn’t gotten much love yet.

    Would love to see him playing here next year.

  21. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    We don’t need a 31 year old pass rusher the let go instead of a one handed player. Would be a waist of money

    For some teams, maybe — for a team with Jacquies Smith at the top of their depth chart it would be a much needed signing

  22. Pirate n packerland Says:

    I thought green Bay fans complained about everything. Please calm yourselves people!

  23. DB55 Says:

    Fsuking Says:
    March 9th, 2016 at 6:18 pm
    Mike Wallace anyone?
    Nah bruh more like Anquan Boldin.

  24. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I can’t fault the young man for assaulting a bus driver…..after all there is nothing else to do in Mooresville, NC.

    Now….if Sweezy has a couple of healthy big toes…..we can hold out hope.

  25. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    LOL@ Tampabaybucfan..

  26. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Pablo would like to see his Bucs trade Mike Glennon to Denver for either Manny Ramirez or Louis Vasquez…..Pablo wants to protect Hamus as best we can.”

  27. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    thunderchunkyPA Says:

    March 9th, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    I love all these experts on her.e how many of us actually watch the O line on other teams? There are other experts saying he was the most consistent O Lineman from a super bowl winning team. Welcome the man to Tampa, and let the GM do his job, and let the Coaches coach.


    My pick for post of the day!
    I welcome him to Tampa!

  28. Delson Says:

    Boldin is pretty old. He probably wants to compete for a sb ring or retire. Jermaine kearse would be better. Louis murphy is coming back so idk if licht is looking at wr. Imo we dont sign or draft a wr.

  29. Delson Says:

    Cb lets get casey hayward to compete.

  30. PRBucFan Says:

    What PFF says isn’t law lol

    Football guys love this guys grit and play

    The Nerds don’t

    I’ll take the football guys word

  31. Kevin Says:

    Seems how the seahawks could run the ball with anyone they put back there, id say the line was decent. Since when has pff meant a famn thing to any of us.

    Was he a DT or DE in college? Maybe hayes wants to give him a spin. I still think we should slide gmc to the edge and release the hounds

  32. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Jax continues to pick up high end players..

  33. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Bucs picked up high end players at the start of FA 2 years ago. How did that work out for us?

  34. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    And I think Denver did too..how did that work out???

  35. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    March 9th, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Bucs picked up high end players at the start of FA 2 years ago. How did that work out for us?


    Different players..different coaches…heck even the weather was different that day..so what’s your point caller??

  36. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Well done Jason Licht! One of the worst graded OG’s in the NFL and possibly a 31 year old situational pass rusher! You have truly made this team better!

    Free Agency rocks!

  37. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    FA is a crap shoot….mainly crap

  38. Bucs SB with Jameis Says:

    Evening fellers. On the bright side, Sweezy doesn’t even have to change his number.

  39. Dave Says:

    Excellent. More depth.
    They got their RB back and added OLine depth.
    They are trying to get a DE.
    I’d like to hear about a possible DB as well

    You hatred out there are ridiculous. Trust licht and dirk.
    They’ve done good so far. You all act like every name you throw out there should have signed within an hour for what you thought was a fair deal. Get a grip. Look at Johnson. They allegedly offered him 6 million for a few years. And he took a one year 3 1/2 million deal to stay at Carolina. Bucs never had a shot

  40. Maze Says:

    Who gives a sh/t about PFF. They rank Alexander as a bottom tier linebacker and hate Donavon Smith

  41. Bucs SB with Jameis Says:

    Bucs SB with Jameis Says:
    March 9th, 2016 at 8:57 am
    7 Mil, 4 yrs, 20 mil guaranteed! I want to see it done before I get home from work today!!! Get it done LIcht!
    Well most of my wish came true.

  42. Mike Johnson Says:

    YEp..we flashed for a bit resigning Martin. Then the sound of the..bargain basement flute lured us to the 69th of 82 graded NFL lineman. We luv ourselves some bargains. Lets see what other..GEMS.. Licht and co come up with. Why there be gold in them archeological digs!

  43. Rrsrq Says:

    Wasn’t Russel Wilson running for his life last year

  44. Alstott up the gut Says:

    That’s right give me maulers! Has anyone seen the numbers yet? Bucs addressing an area of need….. Sounds good to me!

  45. Bucs SB with Jameis Says:

    Guys, I frequent a NFCW site every day and the skinny by all my Seattle buds are that this guy is a Mauler in run blocking but lacks in pass protection. I am feeling we get another rotational piece for obvious passing downs. That is just me thinking tho

  46. cmurda Says:

    Pablo got it right. Protect Hamus. LMAO.

  47. Getaclue Says:

    Maybe we aren’t signing all these guys because they think it was Lovie and not the talent

  48. Mike Johnson Says:

    I watched a few Seattle late games and I’m not the least impressed. Hope we did not overpay on this 5 yr deal. I observed Russell Wilson running like he was being chased by ghostbusters quite a bit due to a non existant Offensive line. Hope the Bucs got the..Bargain they were searching for.

  49. BucFan20 Says:

    Mike Johnson
    You would not be impressed if they gave you the the top rated Bitch Trophy. Because you sir…. Would find something wrong with it.

  50. ARGH_M8E Says:


  51. Delson Says:

    How bout muhammed wilkerson? Aint he out there in free agency still?

  52. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    So now do you move Ali Marpet over to LG since (Better in Pass Pro)
    Move J.R Sweezy over to RG.

    LT Donovan Smith
    LG Ali Marpet
    C Joe Hawley
    RG J.R Sweezy
    RT Demar Dotson

  53. Bucs SB with Jameis Says:

    Howdy LUV…..I like your thinking. However I don’t think we are done yet.

  54. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    I like this pick up. The guy is in his prime. Comes from a perennial contender. Who cares what he did over 10 years ago. Solid pickup. I think this will be the trend. Sign 2nd and 3rd tier players. There are several really good players still available.

    Hate not getting Schwartz. But we still should sign Tashaun Gipson, Sean Smith or Greg Toler, Rishard Matthews, Kelvin Beachum, and either Derrick Shelby or Jaye Howard.

    Beachum could start at tackle. Matthews can end up being our #2 WR. Shelby or Howard can start. Gipson is all pro level if he can stay healthy. And Smith or Toler can come in and be our #1 ( . That’s some serious talent. And should all be reasonable when it comes to price. 25-30 million for all of them. Would still leave a little over 20 million for rookies and other holes that need filling.

  55. Bucs SB with Jameis Says:

    I was really hoping for Mitchell Schwartz but alas……..our history of losing keeps all the good ones from wanting to come here unless we double pay.

  56. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    Smith can be a #1 and Toler could prob be a #2 CB. Both are good players. Smith is a shut down man coverage guy. And has the size to deal with the big WRs in the NFC South. He would be a perfect fit IMO.

  57. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    And I would move Marpet to LG and play Sweezy at RG.

  58. cash Says:

    thunderchunkyPA Says:

    March 9th, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    I love all these experts on her.e how many of us actually watch the O line on other teams? There are other experts saying he was the most consistent O Lineman from a super bowl winning team. Welcome the man to Tampa, and let the GM do his job, and let the Coaches coach.


    For real all these wanna be talent scouts who in reality don’t know jack about this guy outside of what they read third hand. Yet people who work in professional football everyday are willing to put their job on the line that this guy is worth picking up. I think I will go with them over all of you.

  59. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Sup SB,

    Yeah – there’s still some good trade targets.
    Plus a few guys with low tender guys (C.J Anderson, Tony Jefferson)

    Then there’s Greg Hardy

  60. salish_seamonster Says:

    Peter King ‏@SI_PeterKing tweeted:

    Reminder to the panic-stricken that your team’s not doing mega-deals today: Lots more bad deals than good get signed on Free Agency day 1.

    (813) 964-1964

  61. Bucs SB with Jameis Says:

    LUV………Mein buddah, I will pretend I never saw the Greg Hardy reference. Go Bucs

  62. Bucs SB with Jameis Says:

    Vernon got 52 mill guaranteed… LOL Giants GM is on crack.

  63. Pete Mitchell Says:

    Didn’t Marpet play LT at Hobart High? Why not move home back to the left sid and let Sweezy play the right?

  64. Minnesota bucs fan Says:

    With the amount of money the bucs are going to pay him he should be a starter

  65. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    Sweezy got 5 years 32.5 mil

  66. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    And just Rappaport report Ayers is on his way to Tampa tonight for talks..and contract signing I hope..

    I do follow the giants quite a bit..and Ayers is an upgrade!!

  67. Delson Says:

    Nick fairley mlb zach brown olb tahir whitehead casey hayward jeremy lane sean smith jermaine kearse steve wisniewski a site that im looking at lists the available free agents and prince amukumara as available. 1 out of each of those positions should be considered

  68. gotbbucs Says:

    Buncha whiners.

    Unless you’ve actually played on the offensive line and know how protections work it is very hard to judge the individual players. Everything must work as a cohesive unit or it all breaks down.
    He’s getting paid to start, so yes I agree, move Marpet to the left side where I think is his more natural side.

  69. Pickgrin Says:

    Here is a cool video of Sweezy’s position coach praising and breaking down a few of his plays.


  70. godzilla13 Says:

    Seahawks Offensive Line coach Tom Cable said, “It’s my opinion, but I think J.R. Sweezy is as good as anybody in football at what he’s doing right now.” “I think he’s one of the very, very, very fine guards in pro football.” And teammate Russell Okung said, “He’s playing at what I’d say is a Pro Bowl level.”The Seahawks valued his toughness, his tenacity and his aggressiveness.” He’s missed only two games over the last three seasons. He has attitude and a nasty streak. He will fit in perfectly with Ali Marpet and Joe “brawley” Hawley. Sweezy is a “smash mouth” offensive lineman and I welcome him to Tampa.

    Robert Ayers is planning on meeting with the Buccaneers and we need to sign him. I can’t wait for the draft to see our front defensive four. DE Robert Ayers – DT Gerold McCoy – NT Vernon Butler – DE Leonard “the freak” Floyd. Yes!

  71. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Gread Video Bruddah – Thank U for sharing

  72. Buc1987 Says:

    TBB..lmao. Thanks for that.

  73. Bucs SB with Jameis Says:

    @ LUV and 87………….It’s coming.

  74. DB55 Says:


    Vasquez was cut yesterday.

  75. Bucs SB with Jameis Says:

    DB……..What is good homie!?

  76. DB55 Says:


    Sup bro. All is good in the world. Sup w you?

  77. Bucs SB with Jameis Says:

    Catching a bunch of Rainbow as they spawn and taking Pics of the Moose as they come out. How are you and yours?

  78. DB55 Says:

    Good! We getting ready to go cruising for 8 days. DR, Aruba, Turks and kacos and some other Dutch island that looks like a rainbow threw up on it. Coocoos or some ish like that. I need a vaca so I’m excited.

  79. Bucs SB with Jameis Says:

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome. I hope your cruise is much better than the debacles I have been reading about. Have a great time brah. Save travels and dream of DeForest Buckner in the First!

  80. DB55 Says:

    Nah Buckner is not on my wish list. Not sure who I like, I was thinking Treadwell but I have a feeling lots will change by May 1st. I really like Boyd (WR) out of Pitt in the 2nd-3rd. Who knows we might end up with Myles Jack. What do I know?

  81. Bucs SB with Jameis Says:

    From everything I have read Buckner is the best fit for McCoy. Jack is possible if we use him in a roamer role but neither will be available at 9

  82. DB55 Says:

    Don’t know enough about Buckner.

    I’ve tried to research these DLs coming out. I’m stuck on Kafausi, Spence and Oakman. Mayock has Leonard Floyd at #4, Buckner is not in his top 5. I didn’t even know about Floyd.

    I think Licht knows what he’s doing. I will believe, until he rucks up royally.

  83. Delson Says: