After a successful one-year reunion with his old team, Seahawks guard J.R. Sweezy has found a new home in the NFC West. Sweezy is expected to sign a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
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The loss of Sweezy leaves Seattle short one starting guard. Right guard D.J. Fluker is also an unrestricted free agent, but has yet to be linked to another team during the league’s legal tampering period. Free agency will officially start Wednesday.
The Seahawks offensive line took a step forward in 2018 after being ranked near the bottom of the league for consecutive seasons. Pro Football Focus ranked the unit 17th overall in pass-blocking efficiency during the regular season, up from 29th in 2017. Seattle also led the league in rushing and saw its first 1,000-yard rusher since 2014.
Sweezy, 29, returned to Seattle in August 2018 after spending two years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 29-year-old guard was originally a seventh-round pick by the Seahawks in 2012 and went on to become part of Seattle’s Super Bowl XLVIII-winning roster.
For his performance with the Seahawks last season, Sweezy received a Pro Bowl alternate nod.
Sweezy was the first of two Seahawks said to be headed to the Cardinals on Tuesday afternoon, the other being backup quarterback Brett Hundley.