Sweezy Secrecy

July 27th, 2016
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Guarded on the new big-money guard.

A bunch of unsourced reports surfaced yesterday offering clues as to the injury(ies) afflicting new Bucs guard J.R. Sweezy, the guy supposed to start at left guard and earn more than $9 million this year to replace Pro Bowler Logan Mankins.

Bucs general manager Jason Licht could have provided a sourced report, but he passed while talking to The Big Dog, Steve Duemig, last night on WDAE-AM 620.

Duemig pressed Licht but came up empty. Here was the last exchange on the topic:

Steve Duemig: Is this something you knew about before you signed him?

Jason Licht: You know, it was a procedure that he had and [it] went very, very well. And now he just needs to, we just need to get him into football shape.

Joe really doesn’t get the secrecy, especially in July. Prior to yesterday, the Bucs haven’t released any detailed medical info on Sweezy, who media hasn’t seen practice since he got to Tampa.

As evidenced by the quote above, Licht didn’t even want to reveal when Sweezy was injured. Keep in mind Joe’s chat with Pete Carroll at the NFL Owners Meetings about Sweezy, who started at right guard for Seattle for the past four years. Carroll was downright sad Sweezy is no longer wearing Seahawks’ colors.

“He’s a great team guy. We loved him. He was one of our favorite guys,” Carroll said. “You know, he was a defensive player that turned into an offensive player and is still in process of growing and all.

“He’ll be a great addition to their team. We really miss that he got away. He just became, he became too expensive, unfortunately.”

Joe’s not sure what to believe, and Joe will believe in Sweezy when he gets on the field and hits people. Thankfully, the Bucs have options at guard, Kevin Pamphile, Evan Smith, among them.

21 Responses to “Sweezy Secrecy”

  1. DallasBuc Says:

    Par for the course with Licht’s free agency record.

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

    You take whatever time necessary wit Sweezy. Many here regard Aron Danold as the best DT in the game now. My challenge to any of you is to go back and pull up both Hawks/Rams games from last season. Sweezy is man handling and stonewalling Donald both games. We didn’t get a good player in Sweezy from Seattle,we snatch one of they’re best players in Sweezy.

  3. Warthog Says:

    Rest up yung sweezy

  4. K2 Says:

    I agree that there have been some free agency mistakes. I think that Lovie probably hand picked most of the D- guys to fit his defense. So, it will be very interesting to see Licht’s free agency record after Lovie.

  5. tmaxcon Says:

    I find it comical most are ready to give up on Sweezy and proclaim him a failed acquisition yet many of the same folks believe the fragile bum Murphy will be a quality #3 even though his stats and injury history prove he will not be. I guess Sweezy should have went to UF to get that free pass…

  6. Kobe Faker Says:

    Source probably came from the same person who said teams were fighting to give up draft picks to get a kicker in the 2nd round

    “I never kicked a football under 50 degrees. Tampa bay Bucs never asked me” Richardo Aguayo

  7. Scurvy Dogs Says:

    @ Nole

    Good insight. I just checked it out, and you’re right!

  8. Dave Says:

    Not too concerned because they have the depth but he needs to get playing with the first team oline

  9. Buccfan37 Says:

    I don’t get the secrecy either. What? They have their fingers crossed that the injury and rehab will be or is a non issue. That is a hefty salary for a question mark this close to the season start. Why beat around the bush hiding the date and extent of the injury, that’s just wrong.

  10. D-Rome Says:

    Par for the course with Licht’s free agency record.

    That’s correct. There’s no one else to direct misguided outrage at.

    Reminiscent of Carl Nicks. Bucs were secretive about that too.

  11. Pat Says:

    Carl Nicks. Deja vu? Phantoms like ghost johnson & Tedford. Just in case, have Plan B ready this time.

  12. Pick6 Says:

    kevin pamphile and evan smith have a golden opportunity in the meantime. nice to have depth somewhere on the field

  13. Bucsfanman Says:

    @Pick6- Smartest thing said yet! I hope Sweezy can come in and make a difference. The opportunity is there for the taking, it’s called competition.

  14. Bring bucs back Says:

    Kobe Faker- Your best post ever and post of the week.

  15. dooshlarue Says:

    Dam Sweezy!
    Just whe I thought we were movin on up……to that deluxe compartment in sky.

  16. salish_seamonster Says:

    In general, I think any team is loath to reveal details of any injury beyond what is required under NFL rules. So nothing needs to be revealed in the offseason. Why would they want to reveal anything that would put an injury under more external scrutiny?

  17. BigHogHaynes Says:

    I’m not going to give up on him because we damn sure need him! Simple as that!

  18. Buccaneers Says:

    I guess they dont want to tell us and want to nave reporters asking the same question every day.

  19. Mike Johnson Says:

    There’s no faking in this NFL. WE will see what sweezy’s got. I am not that high on him. But the guy might ball out. We shall see.

  20. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I would just like to point out that because the injury (or whatever) that resulted in surgery did not occur as a result of working with the Buccaneers, Jason Licht is not legally permitted to talk about it.

    HIPPA Laws are in effect.

    That’s why he isn’t saying anything about it. Not hard to figure out.

    Most folks don’t realize that HIPPA is about permission. You don’t think Licht has permission to reveal? Highly doubtful that’s true. –Joe

  21. Sacbuc$ Says:

    Y’all sleep. I told you JBF that I been watching tape on Sweezy and Daryl all off season. Sweezy held his ground with Both Carolinas DT, Arizonas Line, Pittburgs Line, and he was decent against Vince the human Forklift Wilfork. Wake up! Licht stole those 2 in FA. If Grimes is a but a shell of his former self we winning. I like Sweezy because he block anger like Davin. I like Daryl because he’s ageless and can cover Heath Miller. Lol Watching tape Smith reminds me of the GREAT RAY LEWIS. I said that to myself years ago when he played for Jacksonville.

    Off topic: Kwon is becoming our heartbeat on defense. After I seen the footage of the sideline and the locker room of the Alanta game. He my favorite player!