The New Orleans Saints are reportedly one of several teams showing interest in free agent offensive guard J.R. Sweezy.
A former seventh-round pick, Sweezy has been with the Seattle Seahawks his entire NFL career since making his way into the league via the 2012 NFL Draft out of NC State.
Following the release of veteran guard Jahri Evans, the New Orleans Saints are without question in the market for another guard or two. While Senio Kelemete was just re-signed to a two-year deal, it’s uncertain whether or not he will be the starter — he’ll be fighting for the gig this summer.
Tim Lelito has also proven himself capable of starting duties, but he must be more consistent. Until then, he is nothing more than solid depth. Lelito, who is set to become a restricted free agent, could also be re-signed in the coming days.
As far J.R. Sweezy, he’s one of several players the Saints are reportedly showing interest in. He could be an affordable option, but his 2015 performance on a Seahawks offensive line that struggled tremendously at times without Mux Unger was nothing special.
Sweezy finished the season with an overall PFF grade of -15.8, which was the third-worst rating for a Seattle player on offense and also at the bottom of the barrel for all NFL guards. However, struggles from his teammates in the trenches didn’t help his case.
He’d likely be much better off if he were in a position between say Terron Armstead and Unger. Only time will tell. What Sweezy does bring is championship experience, but that’s obviously nothing to base a signing on (see Brandon Browner). Free agency officially gets underway Wednesday, March 9.