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10 March 2016

BUCCANEERS SIGN G J.R. SWEEZY

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today the signing of unrestricted free agent guard J.R. Sweezy from the Seattle Seahawks.
 
Sweezy (6-5, 300) comes to Tampa Bay after spending his first four seasons with Seattle (2012-15). A seventh-round pick (225th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft, Sweezy has started 49-of-59 regular season games for the Seahawks, including each of the past 46 regular season games he has played. Sweezy has also started all 10 postseason contests he appeared in with Seattle, helping the team win consecutive NFC Championships (2013-14) and earn a victory in Super Bowl XLVIII.
 
“We identified J.R. early on as one of our top targets in free agency,” Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht said. “He has all of the attributes we look for in an offensive lineman – tough, physical, smart, athletic – and he is a winner. We are excited to have him on board with us.”
 
Since taking over as the starter for Seattle in 2013, Sweezy has been part of an offensive line that helped block for Seattle’s league leading 150.7 rushing yards per game and 4.71 yards per rush. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch earned Pro Bowl berths in both 2013 & 2014.
 
Sweezy, a native of Mooresville, North Carolina, played collegiately at North Carolina State.
                             
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