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Buccaneers release former Seahawk J.R. Sweezy

NFL: New York Jets at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Former Seattle Seahawks guard J.R. Sweezy is back on the market, earlier than anyone expected.

Sweezy was heading into the third year of a five year contract that he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before the 2016 season. Thanks to for always having solid data at the ready.

Sweezy missed all of 2016 after having back surgery, but played every snap of the first 14 weeks of 2017 before suffering a lower leg injury. The Bucs will save $5 million towards the salary cap, but will lose a good guard on a bad offensive line, assuming that he would be able to play a whole season.

As it stands, the Seahawks currently have about $6M in cap space while allotting approximately $5M for the injured reserve. Extensions of Earl Thomas and Duane Brown would free up more space to extend players like Frank Clark and Justin Coleman, if they choose to do so prior to the start of the season.

Does anybody want to see Sweezy back in Seattle, competing for the right guard position with D.J. Fluker?