After an injury-laden stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, J.R. Sweezy is returning to the Seattle Seahawks.
The team announced on Wednesday that Sweezy has rejoined the fold, while injured guard Avery Young has been waived.
Drafted as a defensive lineman before Tom Cable converted him into an offensive lineman, Sweezy played in 13 games (3 started) for the Seahawks in 2012, and was Seattle’s full-time starting right guard from 2013-2015. Sweezy would leave Seattle in free agency and sign a five-year, $32.5 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he missed all of 2016 due to back problems, and in December 2017 he broke a bone in his leg, cutting his season short.
Tampa Bay released Sweezy in late June, and the Seahawks did bring him in for a visit and a physical shortly thereafter. The 29-year-old figures to provide some competition at right guard, which has had little stability since Sweezy left. J’Marcus Webb began 2016 at RG before Germain Ifedi took over, only for Ifedi to move to right tackle the following season. Mark Glowinski gave way to Oday Aboushi, then Ethan Pocic slotted into that spot after Aboushi went down with injury.
Right now, D.J. Fluker figures to be the favorite to be Seattle’s new right guard, just as he was with the New York Giants last year under current Seahawks OL coach Mike Solari.