Just days after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released right guard J.R. Sweezy, it looks as if the first team giving him a look is the one that drafted him back in 2012.
Sweezy is best known as being one of Tom Cable’s “project” players, converting him from a college defensive lineman into an offensive lineman. Soon enough, he became Seattle’s starting right guard, and turned that into a free agent payday in the 2016 offseason, signing a five-year, $32.5 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Sadly for Sweezy, things took a turn for the worse as far as his ability to stay on the field. He had back surgery that rendered him unable to play a single snap for Tampa Bay in 2016, and last season saw him start 14 games, but he was placed on IR afterbreaking a bone in his leg against the Atlanta Falcons in December.
The Seattle Seahawks had several players at RG last year. Mark Glowinski struggled badly through two games and found himself released. Oday Aboushi didn’t fare a whole lot better, then injured his shoulder and saw his season end early. Second-round rookie Ethan Pocic finished the year at that position, but with Luke Joeckel gone, it looks as if Pocic will be at left guard. Seattle recently acquired D.J. Fluker, who played at RG with the New York Giants under current Seahawks OL coach Mike Solari.
This is, of course, just a visit (and a physical), but it is a clear-cut sign that a reunion between the Seahawks and Sweezy could be in the works at least through training camp and preseason.