Report: Sweezy Turned Down More Cash From Seattle

May 9th, 2016

PeteCarrollBack in March at the NFL Owners Meetings, Joe typed up a chat with Pete Carroll, in which Joe tried to express just how sincere-sounding and down Carroll was about losing guard J.R. Sweezy to the Bucs in free agency.

You can read all about that here.

So this weekend it was especially interesting to hear well-connected former Bucs tight end Anthony Becht, who works for the team’s official website and is heard on the Buccaneers Radio Network, tell a national radio audience that Seattle offered Sweezy more money to return but he chose Tampa Bay.

The 27-year-old Sweezy was the big-money replacement for Logan Mankins. What’s most intriguing about the mauler is that he’s relatively new to the position, transitioning after being a college defensive end. He’s likely more on the rise than a typical guard his age.

So if Sweezy did, in fact, turn down more cash from Seattle, was it due to the recruiting efforts of his friend and college teammate Mike Glennon? Bucs fans might owe Glennon a giant pat on the back before he bails in free agency after this season.

60 Responses to “Report: Sweezy Turned Down More Cash From Seattle”

  1. Dooshlarue Says:

    One injury away from MG starting Joe. I don’t want to see that, but i would be interested in seeing MG getting an opportunity with his pal helping to protect him AND a coaching staff that coaches to a player’s strengths. I know #8 probably isn’t ever going to be great, but I have a feeling he could be better than you think.

  2. feelthepewterpower Says:

    “GLENNON – LOOKING, LOOKING, LOOKING…..TOUCHDOWN TAMPA BAY!!!!” – Gene Deckerhoff, 2013-2014

  3. DallasBuc Says:

    Who would choose Tampa Bay over Seattle and for less money?
    This report does not pass the smell test.

  4. R.O. Says:

    Sometimes all a Bro-tato chip needs is a chance and be in the right place at the right time. MG8 got neither, think about the games MG8 started.. And the coaching, scheme and weapons he had. Still put up respectable #’s.


    Remember, no state tax here. Seattle may have been just matching net pay.

  6. Cobraboy Says:

    As a southern boy who spent 3 years in the Pacific NW—Portland—I can see why he’d want to move east and play in a warmer, dryer climate.

  7. Espo Says:

    Wow this never happens. Maybe he prefers beautiful girls and weather over the mess they have up there.

  8. Erik with Clean Athletics Says:

    @ DallasBuc…

    1. It rains 220 days/year in Seattle
    2. No state tax
    3. The Bucs are on the rise baby!

  9. James Says:

    Is there where the Glennon mob came to talk? Holy Hell!!

  10. Erik with Clean Athletics Says:

    And I forgot…

    4. Seattle is gonna be getting pounded with fukushima radiation for the next couple hundred years.

    5. Like espo says, the girls & weather could easily be enough justification for any man.

  11. Buc1987 Says:

    Seattle has the highest suicide rate in America. Lived there for a month and I hated every day of it. Dreary, gloomy, raining all the damn time. Starts getting dark at 5 PM.

    IMO Seattle sucks!

  12. The Buc Realist Says:

    Its to bad that Joe hates MG8 and just wants to run him out of town!!!! Otherwise we would get great interviews of how MG8 is helping turn this team around in so many areas!!!!! And maybe even read a piece on MG8’s brother,, who should be a hero around here for Exposing lovie way back in 2014!!!!!! But no, the local media and the sheep killed him around here!!!! I think some owe an apology to Sean Glennon!!!!!!

  13. The bucfan 88 Says:

    @espo I dout the women he’s married to a smoking hott wife I think he saw that settle about to be on the decline and saw Tampa on the rise that my thought

  14. Lord Cornelius Says:

    I liked living in Seattle but could see someone preferring FL. Also this may not take into account state tax.

  15. geno714 Says:

    Washington state also has no state income tax. I’ll believe this report when Sweezy confirms it himself. Maybe they offered more total money, but less guaranteed. And guaranteed is all that matters.

  16. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Michael Bennet adore’s the Buccs, might’ve been chirping in his ear the way he did with McDaniels last season.

  17. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    I agree..he sees Tampa on the rise..maybe also wants to retire here eventually?

  18. Espo Says:


    Oops I didn’t know he was married. More attractive women everywhere from the beach to Wal-Mart still make for a much better everyday life even if happily married.

  19. Phil Says:

    He might take home more money in Florida with no state income tax.

  20. Buc1987 Says:

    Espo….that’s another thing. All the white women there are pale as hell.

    Come to think of it, if he’s in Tampa now he’s probably still defrosting.

  21. Stanglassman Says:

    Players are taxed where the games are played so it’s not a huge difference in pay to play in a State with no State income tax. Yes there is a difference but it’s not as big as people think.

  22. Buc1987 Says:

    No income tax in Washington State. Washington State does not have a personal or corporate income tax. However, persons that engage in business in Washington are subject to business and occupation and/or public utility tax. These taxes are based on gross receipts of the business.

  23. Cobraboy Says:

    The cost if living in Seattle is massive. Property taxes (and rent) are some of the highest in the country. WA has all manner of taxes, just not income.

    So net-net a buck goes further with the Bucs. 😉

  24. Pickgrin Says:

    Here’s hoping Sweezy turns into a beast of an OLineman for us. I’ve been to Seattle. Nice place to visit – but I wouldn’t want to live there if given a choice to live in the Tampa Bay area.

  25. Buc1987 Says:

    Cobraboy…you’re damn right. That state has to be the most over regulated state I’ve ever been to.

  26. Stanglassman Says:

    If you want unregulated you’d love Somalia.

    I prefer a combination of purchasing power, health care, safety, public trans, property tax to income ratio, education level & opportunity, traffic commute time, climate, and pollution index to guide my choice.

  27. salish_seamonster Says:

    I live in Seattle. It is expensive, no doubt… No offense to Tampa, but Seattle is a way more interesting place. And once you’ve lived here a few years, the gray skies and rain aren’t a big deal. Compared to broiling in 90º heat, I’ll take it. The only things I miss about Tampa: (1) it’s cheap, (2) Cuban food, (3) scantily dressed women, (4) the Bucs. So, IMO, the only reason you move to Tampa from Seattle is if you have no money or you love to sweat all the time. I don’t believe Sweezy was offered the same money in Seattle.

  28. uckinator Says:

    How about Washington State’s 12 % state sales tax ?

  29. Ben the Ga Buc Says:

    salish_seamonster Says:
    May 9th, 2016 at 1:11 pm
    The only things I miss about Tampa: (1) it’s cheap, (2) Cuban food, (3) scantily dressed women, (4) the Bucs.

    The first three things you mentioned, emphasis on #1 and #3, is usually all you need for reasons to live in FL. #2 is a large bonus and #4 is the icing on the cake. I would never want to live in dreary-ass Seattle.

  30. salish_seamonster Says:

    ^ It’s not 12%. I think it’s like 9.5%

  31. salish_seamonster Says:

    I like seasons, so dreary winter and early spring is fine. I know it affects some people negatively, but it does get better once you’ve been here a few years. Plus, the temps are never unbearably hot. I don’t need AC. On clear days, you’ve got views of mountains, which are spectacular. Seattle’s beautiful and interesting.

  32. Buc1987 Says:

    Well my in-laws moved from Tampa to Seattle and they LOVE it there. So I guess it depends on who you are. I’ll literally NEVER go back. The plane ride is a bear as well. I’ll possibly be forced to go back….if there’s a funeral.

    Liked the area downtown by the marina’s and such. Reminded me of where I grew up, Cape Cod. That’s about it. Got told Ivar’s clam chowder was the best chowder ever. I grew up in the clam capital of America. It’s …okay.

  33. Buc1987 Says:

    Oh and the Space Needle???


  34. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Erik with Clean Athletics Says:

    May 9th, 2016 at 10:35 am

    @ DallasBuc…

    1. It rains 220 days/year in Seattle
    2. No state tax
    3. The Bucs are on the rise baby!

    I think there maybe something more to this,,,,,keep digging JOE

  35. ThunderSack Says:

    @ DallasBuc…

    1. It rains 220 days/year in Seattle

    It is but a fine mist against the torrential downpours of Florida. You can walk around in it. Trying to convince my soon to be wife to move from Central Florida, but she likes sun and warmth. Goddamnit…

  36. Brent bull/buc Says:

    Darkness vs sunshine. Cheap vs expensive. It’s pretty both places. I lived in the north. It’s dark 4 months a year all day.

  37. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    @ESPO – I lived in Seattle from 1976 till 1989, though I graduated from Brandon High School here in 1972.
    Seattle has plenty of women, and as far as women over 40 goes, Seattle literally blows Tampa away. Many over 40 women here look like shriveled up Prunes, because of the Sun. It is not unusual to see a 40 some year old woman in Seattle. who still looks like she is in her late 20’s.

  38. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    DallasBuc Says
    “Who would choose Tampa Bay over Seattle and for less money?
    This report does not pass the smell test.”

    I gotta say, I agree.

    Just because Becht works for the website, that doesn’t mean he’s infallible. This is something I would like some sort of confirmation on myself.

  39. salish_seamonster Says:

    Buc1987 Says:
    May 9th, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Oh and the Space Needle???


    Why anything? It’s cool looking.

    1962 World’s Fair. That’s why.

  40. Buc1987 Says:

    salish_seamonster…that’s why it’s there? Because it’s cool looking?

    Well you got me then, cause I can’t think of any other reason.

  41. Buc1987 Says:

    ThunderSack..lmao fine mist. It rains all DAY long. ALL day. Wake up the next day and do it again. They drink so much coffee just to stay awake.

  42. salish_seamonster Says:

    1962 World’s Fair, dumbass

  43. Buc1987 Says:

    A fair in 1962 makes it cool?

    Help me understand.

  44. Buc1987 Says:

    Wait wait wait….are you a pot-head Focker?

    lol 🙂

  45. salish_seamonster Says:

    You asked why. That’s why it was built. OK, so you don’t like it. Big deal. Lots of other people do. You just seem to have an attitude about Seattle.

  46. Buc1987 Says:

    No I just never understood the reason for the needle to be there. The in-laws gave me a tour of the city. They showed me the needle and I was dumbfounded. Looks like something that belongs in Vegas. I’ve been to several major cities in my life and I can’t imagine any of them just dropping down something like that and it being cool to people.

    When I said why? Why put such a thing in the middle of the city. I wikipedia’d about it so I could learn some more about it. I guess it was to show the Russians that we were way ahead of them when it came to space. I guess it worked back in 62. Today’s Russia would laugh at it like me.

  47. Espo Says:


    When I need to start looking at women over 40 it will be a depressing time.

  48. Buc1987 Says:

    LOL When I lived in Raleigh NC they had a statue of Andy Griffith. That makes more sense than the Space Needle.

    Okay I’m out. Game of Thrones binge watch on the horizon.

  49. Espo Says:


    It’s just theirs, that’s all. We have the Skyway and a trashy Sulfur Springs tower. They have their thing.

  50. Espo Says:


    It’s where we shot the moon landing 😉

  51. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    @Espo – My friend, when you are nearly 62 years old like me, a 40 year old woman can be mighty appealing 🙂

  52. Buc1987 Says:

    Skyway is a bridge, not an attraction.

    The mountains now. The mountains in Wash St are awesome. I enjoyed the mountains. I enjoyed watching American Bald Eagles dropping from the sky to pluck fish from the water. That was awesome man. Then again I’m pretty damned patriotic.

  53. Buccfan37 Says:

    What about the line from that song “the bluest skies you’ve ever seen are in Seattle”. Seattle is more progressive, proved by legal weed.

  54. Buccfan37 Says:

    I thought it was cool that the last Sunday edition of the Tribune had a large pic of Glennon in his throwing stance in the sports section.

  55. godzilla13 Says:

    Back to football. Kind of a crazy story how JR Sweezy had as many as ten teams were interested in him and how PFF does not think very highly of him. Then I read a review of Sweezy’s past four years as far as QB Sacks, QB Hits and QB Hurries, then compared them to Logan Mankins and the numbers were nearly identical except QB Hurries, which Sweezy had more but nothing to justify PFF’s negative point of view on his pass blocking. Maybe Sweezy felt disrespected by Seattle for ever letting him test the FA market and not re-signing him earlier? Then they offer him more money than the Bucs. That and the weather could be part of it? Or maybe he really believes in this team? He already has a Super Bowl ring.

  56. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Buc1987 Says
    “A fair in 1962 makes it cool? Help me understand.”

    It’s a architectural art thing. If you don’t get art, you won’t get the space Needle.

    Plus, it was considered “futuristic” way back when. Like those fly saucer shaped house of the future that are almost nonexistent now.

  57. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Buc1987 Says
    “Skyway is a bridge, not an attraction.”

    How long have you lived in Tampa????

    Do you know what the Blackthorn is? People come to see the old and new skyway because of the blackthorn. Google it.

    It’s an attraction. Not to mention, people come to fish off the old skyway. Attraction.

    Plus…people come down every year to stand on the old skyway and watch Bucs fans jump off the new skyway.

  58. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    Sweezy does impress me either. Not yet.

    He’s one of those “earn the props” guys. Though I admit, part of the reason for that is Jason Licht’s free agent record.

  59. PRBucFan Says:

    Sweezy as a run blocker is very impressive

  60. DavidbigBucsFan Says:

    B O N N Z Z A A I I ! ! ! That was way too funny my man! Truly a lol mouth wide open moment! I wonder how many bodies are at the bottom of the bay because of the Bucs!!! Maybe now they can put a firemans net to catch them now we have a new coaching staff!

    I think I was in highschool in Sarasota when that tanker hit the Skyway. Truly a sad time in Florida’s history.