5 former Arizona Cardinals players that remain unemployed

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J.R. Sweezy – OL

Over the past two seasons, journeyman J.R. Sweezy started 29 games at right guard for the Redbirds. Then, when the two-year contract the lineman signed back in 2019 expired, the organization made zero effort to bring the veteran blocker back into the nest.

In late March, Keim acquired a replacement for the apparently unwanted Sweezy. Brian Winters, a 6-foot-4, 320-pounder with 88 career starts on his professional resume, is the favorite to start at right guard. Justin Murray, a flexible offensive lineman who joined the Cardinals two years ago, will also have a chance to win the job.

Sweezy’s future, at the moment, appears uncertain. The 32-year-old has spent time with three different NFL franchises since he entered the league back in 2012. Sweezy is a tenacious, physical competitor who should be able to find a gig as a backup sometime before the regular season gets underway in September.