Seahawks sign G Sweezy; WR Baldwin to miss most of preseason


The Seattle Seahawks signed free agent guard and former starter J.R. Sweezy on Wednesday, the team announced.

Sweezy visited the Seahawks -- for whom he played from 2012-15 -- in early July after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, just two years into a five-year, $32.5 million deal signed in March of 2016. He was due to make $6.5 million in 2018 before his release.

The six-year veteran allowed 4.0 sacks and committed six penalties in 14 starts for the Bucs in 2017, missing the final two games after breaking his fibula. He missed the entire 2016 season due to back surgery.

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Seattle took Sweezy in the seventh round in 2012, converting him from the defensive line to the offensive line. He played in 59 games (49 starts) for the Seahawks, allowing 10.5 sacks and committing 24 penalties over that span.

Seattle signed free agent D.J. Fluker this offseason, and 2017 second-round pick Ethan Pocic is also expected to compete for a starting job at guard. To make room on the roster for Sweezy, the team waived/injured guard Avery Young.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Doug Baldwin's knee injury will keep him out for most, if not all, of the preseason, according to an ESPN report.

Per the report, the team's doctors "are hopeful and confident" that Baldwin will be able to return for the start of the regular season, when the Seahawks visit the Denver Broncos on Sept. 9.

Baldwin, 29, has been sitting out practice since Sunday with what head coach Pete Carroll called a sore knee, an issue the wideout was dealing with coming into camp.

The eighth-year veteran has missed just two games in his career and none since the middle of the 2012 season. He fell just short of his third straight 1,000-yard season last year, finishing with 991 yards on 75 grabs with eight touchdowns while earning his second consecutive Pro Bowl nod.

--Field Level Media

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