Update On J. R. Sweezy

June 12th, 2018

“Jason, you are better off investing in Twitter stock than banking on this guy. At least Twitter stock is ticking upward. That’s what Stuart Varney said.”

There may be light at the end of the tunnel for J.R. Sweezy.

The Bucs’ right guard, who has missed more games than he has played since signing with the Bucs prior to the 2016 season, believes he is soon to return to the football field. That’s what he told Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times.

Sweezy broke a fibula in a home loss to the Dixie Chicks last year, ending his season. In two seasons, Sweezy has missed 18 games.

Since breaking his leg, Sweezy has been on cap patrol, watching from the sidelines. As Joe has joked in recent weeks, who the hell knows what is going on with J.R. Sweezy? Apparently, we may now know.

Sweezy, per Auman, believes he will be cleared by team doctors to resume football activities in the next “week or two.”

We shall see. There have been false alarms before. Perhaps this is why Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht told a SiriusXM NFL Radio audience there would be competition at right guard and failed to mention Sweezy’s name.

28 Responses to “Update On J. R. Sweezy”

  1. John5 Says:

    Even if he his cleared to play ball again, there’s no telling what kind of physical condition he’s in when he hasn’t even been able to use his leg. That’s after his long stint out from the back injury which likely prevented him from any physical activity. You would hope that he has still been hitting the weights and doing what he could to stay in top physical form with a broken leg, but I’m not holding my breath.

  2. '74 Bucs fan Says:

    IR Sweezy gets pushed straight back on pass plays. Unless the plan is to have IR sit on Jameis’ lap for story time, dump him.

  3. '74 Bucs fan Says:

    Is the plan to have IR Sweezy sit on Jameis lap for story time on each pass play? If not, dump him.

  4. Gambelero Says:

    What are the cap ramifications of cutting him now?

  5. Gambelero Says:

    Not right now, after he’s cleared to play.

  6. Tom S. Says:

    In a string of awful signings by Licht, JR Sweezy managed to be one of the worst.

    Of of the 5 year 32.5 million dollar deal Licht signed him for in 2016, how much would you say the Floppy Hat Man has earned thus far?

  7. Mike Johnson Says:

    You guys talk about Martin..And Swaggy stealing Buc Money. But my man..Easy (money) Sweezy is the GOAT..Greatest Spinmaster Of All Time!!! Still smilin with his floppy hat, sittin on Clearwater Beach..Gettin his money for nothin and his chicks..for without hittin a single lick. My man..SWEEZ

  8. jmarkbuc Says:

    Was hoping the light at the end of the tunnel was Sweezys train out of town

  9. Dewey Selmon Says:

    JR looks like an amateur slacker compared to Carl Nicks, who they named the trainers room after.

  10. DB55 Says:

    In two seasons, Sweezy has missed 18 games.
    Wow! It’s a Bucs life indeed.

  11. Joe Says:

    What are the cap ramifications of cutting him now?

    Over $7 million which is why, if he is cut, likely will be an injury settlement.

  12. SCBucsFan Says:

    I suggest we only sign players who have never been hurt or won’t get hurt. You know, like Wolverine and Deadpool.

  13. Waterboy Says:


    Wouldn’t most of that 7 mil get rolled over to next years cap since it would be a post June 1st cut? That would still free up money this year to bring in a replacement if that’s how it works.

  14. 813bucboi Says:

    show me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  15. Doctor Stroud Says:

    We shall see, indeed! Sasquatch Sweezy is still elusive and mysterious!

  16. Pickgrin Says:

    Joe Says:
    June 12th, 2018 at 2:10 pm
    What are the cap ramifications of cutting him now?

    Over $7 million which is why, if he is cut, likely will be an injury settlement.

    What?? If there was to be an injury settlement – it would have already happened.

    Once Sweezy is medically cleared to play he is fair game to cut if the Bucs choose to do so.

    Gambelero – to answer your question accurately:

    Sweezy being on the Bucs roster in 2018 represents a cap hit of $7.125M.
    Like all vested vets – his $6.5M salary becomes fully guaranteed if he is on the roster week 1 of the season after final cut downs.

    If Sweezy is cut at any point prior to week 1 – The Bucs regain $6.5M in 2018 cap space. Take a $625k dead cap hit in 2018 – and take a $1.25M dead cap hit in 2019.

    The net savings is $4.6M total. The down side is adding $1.25M to next years dead cap hit – but that’s the only way it can be done at this point – since he couldn’t be cut prior to June 1st because of his “injured” status.

    If we DO hang on to Sweezy this year – it will be a similar situation/decision next year – for a bit less. $5.125M cap hit for him to be on the team in 2019 – $4.5M savings minus $1.25M dead cap hit if released for a net savings of $3.25M.

  17. Gambelero Says:

    Thanks for the answer. Capology is something I know little about.

  18. Gambelero Says:

    If we keep him through the 18 season, I wonder what the odds are of a late season, undisclosed injury that isn’t cleared until after June 1, 2019.

  19. YoungBucs Says:

    I say if he hits training camp gets through the preseason and looks like the best option at guard and by that I mean the guy next on the chart is way off highly doubt that but lets say the football gods shine fortune upon him then I think we should roll the dice but if he’s playing Mr floppy hat anytime before week 1 then cut our losses with him bye bye the risk vs reward looks way out of whack here to me imo

  20. pick6 Says:

    i think the bucs are in the Doug Martin Zone with Sweezy this season. Highly paid but cuttable on a whim. Hopefully they play that option better than they did in the past. There’s still a chance he’s the best guy or the best backup, or that he’s asked to take a paycut, but personally i think the most likely scenario is that the bucs cut him once he’s cleared healthy (no injury settlement) and they confirm that their younger linemen are up to the task in training camp.

  21. Buc believer Says:

    Believe it when I see it

  22. John Says:

    This is getting old

  23. Capt.Tim Says:

    Marpet and Dotson both ended the season on I.R., with leg injuries.
    Missed the last four games.

    Heres a news flash
    In todays NFL, with 6’6, 320lb monsters hitting each other at max force, 60 times a game- Injuries are common.

    Sweezy has been unlucky a bit here.
    In Seattle, he was a damn monster.

    Before we throw away another good player- who will end up signing with the Saints, and killing us,
    Why not see if hes looking good in Preseason.
    Sweezy and Marpet would be a great set of guards- if both are healthy.

  24. gilhealy Says:

    This guy was a mauler in Seattle run blocking. His pass blocking may not be his forte. But he wasn’t bad either. With Rojo in the backfield, if Smith, Marpet set the left side and Sweezy is fully healed, this could be a good thing. Can’t call it on RG, but Wester is a tough dude, and could be an option with Dotson. That would be a pretty nasty bunch. Running the ball will be a top priority this season. Glass half full, Sweezy could be in great shape. Basically 2 seasons of fresh legs. Who knows. It would be awesome though if he caught Jensen fever and took it personal. Look thru the banter. He’s a pro. He wants to play.

  25. Roy T. Buford Says:

    As sure as thinking about Roberto Aguayo’s days with the Bucs makes me throw up a little bit in my mouth, when I see any Bucs floppy hat now, “I.R.” pops into my head and gives me a slow onset headache. I’d also love to get back to the days when Bucs play puts a shot of adenaline into my blood out of excitement vice the biological need for heavy amounts of alcohol.

  26. Trench War Says:

    Ok, so put a leg brace on and go practice ..geesh. Sweezy should be able to do something rather standing on the sidelines in his Gilligan hat.

  27. Howard Cosell Says:

    JR “The Big Easy” Sweezey……Pete Carroll trolled the inept Bucs on that one!
    Right after the Bucs signed Sweezey Pete Carroll sent Dirk Koetter an email with a link to Rick Astley!

  28. Owlykat Says:

    Sweezy was awful last year because his back surgery cost him his flexibility and he therefore could not get low like when he was a mauler. They took Licht like a sucker. I doubt very seriously he will ever regain his flexibility no matter if his leg heals up perfectly. Here is what to do. After he claims he is well take him to a renowned back surgeon (not the Buc’s doctor) to tell Licht whether his back has regained his flexibility. If the answer is no cut or trade him immediately. Don’t let him take up a Lineman slot you may be able to give to a better candidate to help this team.