Jason Licht Updates J.R. Sweezy Status

May 2nd, 2018

Right guard J.R. Sweezy

The clock keeps ticking since Bucs guard J.R. Sweezy injured his foot/ankle area in December.

And it appears the Bucs have waved a white flag.

Sweezy keeps on rehabbing and has not been medically cleared for team activities, general manager Jason Licht said this morning on WDAE-AM 620.

But Licht went on talking about Sweezy and sure made it seem like he has little confidence Sweezy will play for the Bucs again.

“J.R.’s rehabbing right now and we’re going to see how that goes,” Licht said. “You know, he hasn’t been cleared and hopefully he gets cleared by training camp. And you know, we will see how it goes then. You know, you can’t have enough offensive linemen in my opinion. Right now, it looks like we’re getting to the point where we have, you know, a few extras that we can make some decisions then, some tough decisions but some good decisions.”

Injuries happen in the summer, but if they don’t, the Bucs have Donovan Smith, Ali Marpet, Ryan Jensen, Evan Smith, Demar Dotson, third-round rookie Alex Cappa and Caleb Benenoch in the house. That’s your active game-day crew. And there’s plenty of love for tackle Leonard Wester in the organization.

Will this team have any need to keep a fragile Sweezy around and feed him $6.5 million of Team Glazer loot? Maybe.

But if Sweezy returns healthy and has value, then just dump him for a late-round pick.

40 Responses to “Jason Licht Updates J.R. Sweezy Status”

  1. AlteredEgo Says:

    JR is not part of the future…too bad he has had a series of injuries because he WAS a very good football player before….there will be plenty of cheaper vet FA OL men soon enough

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    How is his big toe?

  3. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    That is a lot of “You know”s…

  4. USFBUC Says:

    It would be nice to move on from his salary and maybe grab Eric Reid to solidify the secondary some more

  5. Kobe Faker Says:

    Forrest just cant admit his mistake

    winning teams …its all about winning on the field and production. mistakes happen but winning is everything and only thing that matters

    losing teams/GMs….cant admit FA/draft busts and keeps on playing these losers

    Kobe the Parrot

  6. gotbbucs Says:

    He’s done.

  7. 813bucboi Says:

    get ready cappa!!!!!….your opportunity will be arriving shorty!!!!!!

    @USF is right!!!!!…cut sweezy and sign eric reid!!!!


  8. Licht’s Out Says:


    We need him deemed healthy before he is cut/released via labor agreement ( in the absence of an injury settlement…which I think we can all
    agree he’s already made of with a Buccaneer bounty ).

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “Will this team have any need to keep a fragile Sweezy around and feed him $6.5 million of Team Glazer loot? Maybe.” Maybe? Would you pay ANYONE $6.5 mil Joe who (1) missed all of 2016 & part of 2017 due to serious injuries; (2) is still recovering & isn’t medically-cleared at this point; (3) who has minimal versatility on the OLine to begin with; and (4) who really didn’t play that well in 2017 when he did play? At one point he was a decent player, but too much risk right now. Bucs will move on when the timing is right.

  10. John5 Says:

    With those consistent longstanding injuries not sure how much value he really has.

  11. Pickgrin Says:

    Bucs just waiting for Sweezy to get a medical clearance so they can cut him and get back under the salary cap #.

    “if Sweezy returns healthy and has value, dump him for a late-round pick.”
    It’s a bit early to be drinking isn’t it Joe?

  12. Bird Says:

    Move on

    He will get injury settlement

  13. BringBucsBack Says:

    The Bucs FA guard signings have the same shelf-life as Spinal Tap’s drummers’.

    If Licht thinks you can’t have enough o-lineman then, why did he only draft one?

  14. BucTrooper Says:

    J.R. Swindler. In my opinion the guy hid his back injury, signed the contract, showed up for practice, then grabbed his waist and said “Ooh my back.” That’s why he’s so guarded about his medical conditions.

    And before you say it doesn’t happen, Jerome Bettis admitted he did that when he played for the Steelers.

  15. Bucsfanman Says:

    Well, I guess it’s time to move on. The revolving door at LG continues!

  16. Mike Johnson Says:

    My man Sweez. He’s had the best job of all of the Bucs for a couple of years. Just..walkin to the bank and smokin a bowl..rehabbin..forever. Please drop this guy like a bad habit!!!!

  17. Marine Buc Says:

    Sweezy was below average for us last year even when he was “healthy”. Please make your peace with this bad decision and waste of cap space and let’s move on.

  18. SammyRebel Says:

    Joe, I don’t even think we could get a 7th from 2022 for this guy, we need to take the dead cap of one mil and just send him on his way….BUSTTT

  19. '74 Says:

    IR Sweezy

  20. JimmyJack Says:

    Wouldn’t mind seeing Sweezy brought into camp to compete for a job.

    Not sure the Bucs consider that from a financial standpoint. They might have to pay him full unearned salary if they bring him into camp. Unsure how it works.

  21. JimmyJack Says:

    Another reality might be that Sweezy is the best player we got to man the guard position.

    He may be worth paying if he can be our best option as a starter.

  22. since1976GoBucs Says:

    Use the Sweezy cut fund to sign Dominique Rodgers Cromartie at a discount because of his “Pool Party”. Cromartie was used out of position at slot corner by the Giants last season , hence his down year. DRC is a very cpable cover corner with elite speed and great ball skills. By adding a capable corner and allowing VHIII to handle slot assignment Bucs secondary will begin taking shape. Need to grab an experienced Safety after 3rd preseason cuts. Draft was very promising.

  23. Bird Says:

    IR sweezy

    Like that. Clever.

  24. JimmyJack Says:

    @since1976……We got a bunch of young corners on our roster now. They need to devolope these young players so we can be set for the future.

    If we bring on DRC he will take away valuable reps and playing time that these CBs need.

    I wouldn’t mind bringing in a journeyman type player for depth who will take a backseat. Money might be better invested to grab a starting corner who could play one year for us.

  25. teacherman777 Says:

    Then why didn’t we draft a guard in the 2nd round???

  26. Wausa Says:

    Jason Licht is trying not to state the obvious.

    JR Sweezy will be cut after June 1st to help the Bucs cap position.

    Benenoch and Smith will battle for the starting guard position.

  27. Jjones Says:


  28. Chris in WA Says:

    Easy $weezy. Over a million per game played so far.

  29. Buccfan37 Says:

    Cut to the chase and let Sweezy exit stage left. Came here injured, still injured. Bringing him here seems a blunder at this point. Licht pie in the sky wishful thinking.

  30. Tony from Los Angeles Says:

    The Bucs o-line is not good enough or deep enough yet.
    They need that extra “oomph” like the Bucs gave the defensive line.
    They need another interior lineman to compete. Period.

    It’s all about the trenches…


  31. '74 Bucs fan Says:

    You have my permission (for legal purposes) to use “IR Sweezy” Joe, if desired.

    Shelf life like Spinal Tap drummers – that’s awesome! Winner of the day – voting closed.

  32. Trench War Says:

    What a shame with all that time and money spent. Sweezy will never be the same player he once was. Time to cut the cord and give others a shot. Dead weight on the roster only takes a spot away from a player who can actually contribute.

  33. since1976GoBucs Says:

    Just saying that the future is right now JJ if you are Koetter or Licht , that is why bringing in DRC makes sense , and he can groom and season the draft picks with Grimes help. Dirk and Jason do not have the luxury of planning for the future. They are both one losing season from getting fired.

  34. mike10 Says:

    First of all, who in the hell will trade for sneezy

    Second, all he’s going to do is hold the franchise hostage – stay on the “medical uncleared” list until the deadline for his guaranteed money is reached. We cut him before he is medically cleared and we pay him a lot of that money.

    Question I have, is does that penalty money count against the cap?

  35. Doctor Stroud Says:

    It looks like Sweezy will have floppy hat duty, again, this year. Somebody’s gotta do it! #PaidFloridaVacation

  36. D-Rome Says:

    Another free agency fail. That said, I think Licht had a good free agency this year.

  37. Pick6 Says:

    i think they will cut him as soon as he is cleared to avoid an injury settlement

  38. Owlykat Says:

    Sweezy should be cut and save his money until teams cut down and you can get another Guard and CB for the price of getting one player now. If Davis isn’t promoted to a starter at CB he could also play Safety if needed. For instance if Jones goes down and Whitehead is moved to RB, or if Tandy is moved to start at CB which he stared at when at W.Va.

  39. Tom Edrington Says:

    This guy is living walking proof that there are some who don’t have to work hard for the money….

  40. BigMacAttack Says:

    Squeezy needs to go. He was like a sieve last season. Admit the expensive mistake and move on.