Montez Sweat Has A Heart Issue

March 17th, 2019

Many Tampa Bay fans remember the tragic story of ex-Bucs defensive end Gaines Adams, who was a disappointment as the No. 4 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft and then died less than three years later.

It turned out Adams, who was traded to the Bears for a second-round pick midway through the 2009 season, had an undetected enlarged heart, which led to his fatal heart attack.

Joe brings this up today because Ian Rapoport of NFL Network is reporting beastly Mississippi State edge rusher Montez Sweat, a guy going to the Bucs at No. 5 overall in many mock drafts, has an undisclosed heart condition. Per Rapoport, doctors at the NFC Scouting Combine reviewed his pre-existing condition and determined he was at low-risk and he was cleared to go through all the drills.

Why Rapoport is reporting this now is a mystery. It sure smells like an agent of one of the other top defensive linemen in the draft leaked this info to Rapoport, or it came from a team that wants to draft Sweat and wants to spook other teams keep their paws off him.

Might this freak out Team Glazer enough to order Jason Licht and Bucco Bruce Arians to pass on Sweat?

Team Glazer, obviously, knows all about Adams, as well as former offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, who nearly died before the start of the 2014 season. And Team Glazer is the same ownership group that demanded Arians go through an intensive physical exam before handing him a check.

Joe wouldn’t be surprised if the Bucs get spooked by this news.

Sweat had 22 1/2 sacks over the last two seasons and his 4.41 40-yard dash time was a record for a defensive lineman.

48 Responses to “Montez Sweat Has A Heart Issue”

  1. Not there yet Says:

    Assuming he was the pick to begin with. There are higher ranked edge rushers.

  2. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Maybe Sweat’s camp put it out there after seeing all the mocks with him coming to Tampa. Who knows?

  3. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Just seems to me players have more say on where they want to or don’t want to play anymore. Just lately Antonio Brown, Leveon Bell, Desean Jackson proved that. Sweat will be drafted, no doubt, and he knows it as well. Maybe he and his entourage don’t want to end up in Tampa to start his career. I wouldn’t doubt it, and honestly who can blame him if he doesn’t.

  4. Dewey Selmon Says:

    He wouldn’t be the only one on defense with a heart issue.

  5. Bird Says:

    He will likely fall out of top 10 now. Maybe top 15. But still 1st round

    Hope arians heart makes it thru the season ?

  6. Jeffbuc Says:

    Good one Dewey. I’m assuming the other guy you are referring to is also called a cancer a lot on this website.

  7. Jeffbuc Says:

    I hope Allen falls to us. Or someone trades the farm to get ahead of the giants. I new once thebdraft order was set. We were in the best position of any team to get a good trade. Especially if cardinals take Murray. And all the teams know they will have to jump the giants to get the second best qb

  8. AleteredEgo Says:

    It all depends on what the issue is…fortunately this news has come out long before the draft and every team has plenty of time to figure out if this will have any impact on his NFL career…

  9. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I don’t see how Sweat was ever going to us. If only one QB goes ahead of us and the big three are taken next that still leaves White.

    If we don’t get one of the two edge rushers I prefer White.

  10. TOM Says:

    I was never in on Sweat at #5 anyway.

  11. MadMax Says:

    I hate that for him….hes still going in the first though….maybe from teens to bottom 5 of it. I’d still take him after drafting White!

  12. JimmyJack Says:

    Jeff we aren’t in the best trade position. If Arizona takes Murray any other team interested in a QB is going to talk to the 49ers first.

    Then then talk to the other two teams. We aren’t in prime position because our only shot at a trade is if all three teams deny every trade offer.

    We are basically at the mercy of what unfolds. Teams do not sit around and wait on QBs if there’s one they like. Last two trades for QBs this high was Jets for Darnold and Philly for Wentz. Both moved up to #2 to ensure their guy ….QBs went #1 in both of those drafts so they couldn’t trade for one.

    That’s how it works……You have to move up as high as possible. It’s not about just jumping the Giants it’s about jumping any other team that will try to trade up.

  13. Not there yet Says:

    Rapport news only relevant to media and fans, every team has this information which is what the draft is all about. He moved up or down draft boards of media guys like Kiper after the combine because they didn’t have this info but if this is serious he moved down or off teams draft boards before the 40 time

  14. JimmyJack Says:

    And yes it’s possible that the teams ahead of us turn down a trade because they like the player too much(like Denver did last year for Chubb)………but it’s unlikely three teams all in a row deny trades. Especially since each team is rebuilding.

  15. The Coroner Says:

    What type of heart condition?
    They have different consequences.

  16. Buc believer Says:

    @Dewey Selmon… So true! If the Bucs draft him he definitely wouldn’t be the only player on defense with a heart issue! LOL but Dr. Gerald will tell him how to fake it!

  17. BucNole Says:

    The point is IF 2 QBs go before us we have some pretty good options that will be available.

  18. Kyle Says:

    he would fit in great with our current heartless and gutless defense

  19. Jamaal Stanley Says:

    You know it’s funny,I’m sitting coolin wit the family Sunday evening. Decided to start YouTubing a few members of the team. Peyton Barber and Carl Nassib specifically. You mention Barbers 3.9 yard average a carry,Ish is misleading seeing is how often he’s breaking in those Highlights dude. Only takes a moment to understand why BA thought “whoof” in his mind while watching his film. Peyton has nice feet for 230lbs and knows how to play behind his pads. Duke punishes at the end of his runs. Not to mention soft natural hands. BA gone make him household. Carl Nassib aka the German shepherd is relentless. If by some chance someone snags Devin White before us I hope we do make some of y’all dream come true and grab Allen. So we all can see just which one has more dog in him.. My money says Nas.

  20. MadMax Says:

    Jamaal, thats why I want White so bad! We have JPP and Nassib….only have Mr. David at LB. Dont get me wrong, i’ll take Allen if there, or Q. if White is gone….but yeah, Allen Nassib and JPP would be FUN to watch in Bowels D with Vea and GMC.

  21. Jamaal Stanley Says:

    Just watch😠joeseph. Baldinger has one of Nas 49 seconds. He says “this guy walk a pro bowl tackle back into nick foles and he ain’t done yet folks”. See the rest for yourself. I’ve peeped Allen,didn’t see him drive a man like that once in his video.

  22. rrsrq Says:

    The problem with Nassib, I will not call him “Nas”, is he gets there but his problem is finishing. He should have more sacks and more TFLs. I’m glad we have him, but I think he is a rotational player.
    I like White, if Allen or Williams are off the board and still would likely take him, I will keep saying it, we will need a sideline to sideline defender with the RBs (safety valves for the QBs in our division) McCaffrey, Freeman, Kamara.

  23. cmurda Says:

    Yeah JimmyJack but it’s still a win for us even if some team trades with Niners, Jets or the Gruders. That would be 2 Qb’s off the board leaving Bosa, Josh Allen, Quinnen, Devin etc. all as possibilities.

  24. Rob Says:

    You know the Bucs are screwed if they take him. If they pass on him he becomes a HOF. It’s a Buc life. Go Bucs!

  25. JimmyJack Says:

    Agreed cmurda…..I would much rather get a Top 5 player then extra choices anyways. HOF players are found within the Top five at a alarming rate. It’s completely foolish to trade the pick without considering the player. A top five pick hold the value of pocket Aces. History prooves this……..after Top five there is a steep dropoff in value. It becomes a total crapshoot to find HOF players. Again this is a fact

    I’ve observed a growing obsession for the Bucs to trade their pick every year. It’s usually funny cause it’s not realistic but it makes no sense to to get more excited about trades when we have a precious Top 5 pick and should be excited about real HOF players we could be drafying

  26. cmurda Says:

    I like Devin White over Sweat even before this maybe/maybe not BS report from Rapoport. I am assuming Quinnen comes off the board and of course Bosa.

  27. JimmyJack Says:

    You wanna talk about a trade I don’t wanna hear about it unless your telling me who we are trading away…….No freaking way I wanna see this team trade away Q. Ain’t happening.

    I’m not so sure I’m trading away White either. If he’s as good as they say no way he gonna drop.

  28. ManzielMadness Says:

    I like Sweat… don’t believe he’s he workout warrior some have mad eyes him out to be, rashaan Gary is the one I’d be worried about.

  29. straightcashhomey Says:

    Hard, full…pass. Let someone else, take that chance, deal with any of…that.

  30. Jamaal Stanley Says:

    rrsrq I’m not pumping Nas as if he is a finish product in this league. No one on this team is. What puzzles me is how some around here poo poo guy as if they have no game. Nas lead the nation in sacks. When I watch his Penn State highlights in comparison to allen’s (still waiting on some one to tell me the name of another player from basketball U Kentucky) one looks flashy the other looks violent. Maybe you’ll watch and decide for yourself.

  31. Jamaal Stanley Says:

    This defense needs “dogs”,not flash. Look closely at the defensive signings. Someone said about the safety that is scheduled to visit tomorrow “he ain’t that good”,I was wondering who the cat scouts for. After looking a little one can surmise he has plenty dog in him. That’s why BA wanna rap a spell wit’em.

  32. Jamaal Stanley Says:

    “Dog!” That’s why he about to hand that rock to Peyton joe. That young man has so much “dog” in him.

  33. cmurda Says:

    NOS, Throw in the fact that Nas is only 25. People seem to forget that, as if this dude has been around for 12 years and is all done. He’s not even in his prime yet. He’s getting better every year. I’d still have a hard time not pulling the trigger on Q or Allen but I’m leaning towards White over anyone else that is likely available. Previously, I was thinking lets trade down a few spots and nab White anyway but JimmyJack’s got me thinking we can’t take that risk unless it’s a sweet, sweet package.

  34. Jamaal Stanley Says:

    C,we can’t take that risk bro. If he still there we gotta pull the trigger man.

  35. cmurda Says:

    Yeah. True.

  36. Papa Giorgio Says:

    I have a heart issue caused from the last two seaso s

  37. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I think if the choice came down to Sweat & Devin White….we’d pick white……Williams & Allen are another matter altogether.
    The really good news is that no matter what it appears that Devin White will be there for us at #5…..

    As far as the trade down & Arizona picks Murray……teams at 2, 3 & 4 would be trading away either Allen, Williams or Bosa…….they are going to want a great deal for their pick.
    And the other good news is….if they do trade then one of them will be there when we pick.

  38. Dapostman Says:

    I’d be good with Q Williams or White. If they are both gone I’d look to trade back. I don’t think younger Bosa is the player his brother is and J Allen though a good player isn’t a top 5 in my book. I think D White has a good chance to be there at 5 but I highly doubt Q Williams will be. D White is a missile. He’s the kind of player you build your defense around.


  39. Cobraboy Says:

    White > Sweat

    Williams and Allen > White

    We will see how the chips fall.

  40. BUCnDaDDy Says:

    Hello Joe Buc Family, ive been enjoying the articles and comments as well for awile, and was disappointed i didn’t find this site sooner. Definitely more variety and content on this website. Keep up the good work joe.

  41. BUCnDaDDy Says:

    Hello Joe Buc Family!

  42. Joe Says:


    Thanks for the kind words. Spread the news of to your Bucs’ fans friends.

  43. BUCnDaDDy Says:

    Wow that means a lot getting a direct response in less than an hour of inviting myself into this inner circle of self reassurance as Bucs fan we are going to be alright. I take a lot heat when chatting about football and my faith states my love for the Tampa Bay Bucs. There is no backing down or apologizing for what has been witnessed over the last several seasons, but I look not too a far and sense the lack of spending will create more time evaluating the draft to land players that are more proven than combine income. Alabama has been dominate for years and we lack to represent one player from that college. It’s paramount to the fact we need to draft more guys with the pedigree of schools that breed success. Looking for a diamond in the rough could lead to stepping on iron pyrite, it just fools gold!

  44. Jason S. Mclaurin Says:

    I’m going to say this for the next month but the pick will come down to Josh Allen “of this year” or Devin White. I dearly wish it could be both though because they are amazing. Sweat is a combine warrior to me although he played some good football last year but he was not a generation who changed things at Mississippi State. Josh Allen did change fortune for Kentucky though and Devin White well he’s can’t miss right an absolute dog for one of the better defense in NCAA. Sweat is nice but that defense was a well coached effort by Mississippi State. See the one thing I like about the small school guys that Licht has is that they have superstar power having been at the top of their craft at their level and moving on to the next step. Guys like Marpet. I truly think Cappa will be better but two guys I think will be on this team after this draft are Khalen Saunders and Titus Howard yeah you guys probably forgot about them during free agency frenzy like most GMs in the league. Those two picks coming in rounds 2-3

  45. Wausa Says:


    Spot on
    I don’t why people think Sweat is just a workout warrior.
    He was a dominant defender in the SEC last year. Watch his game against a great Alabama offensive line.

  46. Mike Johnson Says:

    Bucs should be Spooked! The NFL is rugged and tough. No matter how tough sweat is, playing is bound to take its toll on the ole ticker. I would steer clear of him. Unfortunately, this is going to hurt his draft status a little.

  47. MadMax Says:

    So, we draft White at 5…..what if Sweat is still there when we pick in the second round? I AM ALL OVER THAT!!!! Man that would be awesome! I’d like to take that chance….

  48. Polkfan Says:

    I guess I’m the only one that notices the biggest hole on this team is Cb by a million years. Stewart moves to safety and Vernon is coming off a big injury ( better in slot anyway ). Trade back cash in on greedy. Press man corner with speed and size needed for the division and scheme Todd Bowles runs. 1st round should be Cb, 2nd : Rg , Safety or DL, 3rd : what ever you haven’t taken yet. Watching the first game of the season made me realize something , brees is going to get that ball out faster than your d-Line will with a clean run at him. Another nice press corner with speed across from Carlton will only benefit the Dline.