Seattle offensive guard J.R. Sweezy is signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, becoming the first offensive player the Seahawks have lost so far in free agency.
The Seahawks have lost their first significant offensive player of free agency with guard J.R. Sweezy agreeing to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to multiple reports.
Sweezy was a seventh-round pick in 2012 who started at guard for the Seahawks for all of the last three seasons. The Bucs pursued Sweezy to replace retired guard Logan Mankins. Sweezy got a five-year deal worth $32.5 million according to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports.
He is one of two starting offensive linemen who are unrestricted free agents, the other being left tackle Russell Okung, who has yet to sign anywhere.
Sweezy started 15 or more games each of the last three seasons. He missed the regular season finale in 2015 against Arizona with a concussion and was replaced by rookie Mark Glowinski in a 36-6 Seahawks win.
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Glowinski could be in line to replace Sweezy in the starting lineup, though Seattle could also look to the free agent market and draft, as well.
Jayson Jenks offers some more thoughts on the Seattle offensive line here.