Report: Arizona Cardinals expect to sign Seahawks starting guard
The Arizona Cardinals continue their offensive line rebuild in the 2019 off-season with the signing of left guard J.R. Sweezy.
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Arizona Cardinals will steal away left guard J.R. Sweezy from NFC West division rivals Seattle Seahawks. The deal looks to be for just two years, with an unknown price.
The soon to be 30-year-old J.R. Sweezy switched from right guard to left guard to start the 2018 season, with good results. In 15 games as a starter in 2018, Sweezy showed an ability to be a mauler as a run blocker and helped pave the way to Seattle’s league-leading rush offense that rushed for an average of 160 yards per game.
Per Pro Football Focus Arizona Cardinals Twitter, Sweezy also allowed just 19 hurries and 26 pressures, which are career lows for a season in which he played at least 14 games. However, his overall grade via Pro Football Focus doesn’t reflect his bounce back 2018 season, as he ranked as the 71st guard out of eligible NFL players.
The Arizona Cardinals had a glaring hole to fill at left guard coming into the 2019 off-season. And while Sweezy isn’t a top-notch upgrade, he is a veteran that has found success in the NFL. However, my best bet is that the team drafts a left guard early in the draft to compete with Sweezy as the cost of the contract is estimated to be somewhat affordable.
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