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J.R. Sweezy’s injury prompts restructured contract

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Much has changed in the 13 months since J.R. Sweezy signed a five-year, $32.5 million contract with the Buccaneers. A back injury required off-season surgery in 2016. The recovery process took longer than anticipated. The former Seahawks guard missed the entire year.

Recently, his contract was amended to reflect the evolved landscape.

His 2017 salary rose from $2.5 million to $3.75 million. Per ESPN, it’s fully guaranteed only if Sweezy is “cut due to an injury different from the back injury he dealt with last year.” He also can earn up to $1.25 million in per-game roster bonuses for each week he is either on the 53-man roster or on injured reserve. The bonus applies to the latter only if the injury is different from his previous back injury. Under his old deal, he was supposed to get a $2.5 million roster bonus.

Other injury-related changes included a $1.25 million salary reduction in each of the final three seasons of the contract. He can recover those funds through base-salary escalators tied to him playing at least 70 percent of the team’s offensive snaps in the previous year. So, if Sweezy reaches the 70 percent threshold in 2017, his 2018 base salary will rise accordingly.

Sweezy, 28, is expected to make his Buccaneers debut this season.

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12 Responses to “J.R. Sweezy’s injury prompts restructured contract”
  1. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Apr 8, 2017 5:07 PM

    The guy stinks. Nice call Bucs. You’ll be better off if he never plays a down for you.

  2. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Apr 8, 2017 5:15 PM

    My god

  3. nwofolife says: Apr 8, 2017 5:53 PM

    Ahhh, I wouldn’t say he stinks. He is definitely a lot better run blocker than pass pro though. The Buccs did over pay him

  4. seatownballers says: Apr 8, 2017 6:10 PM

    Never healthy once he switched teams.
    Aaaaaannnnnnddddd the bucs are offering more money. When was their last division title?

  5. skoobyfl says: Apr 8, 2017 6:22 PM

    Terrible move keeping him.

  6. tacomatiger says: Apr 8, 2017 6:24 PM

    Swiss Cheezy

  7. 4sacroc says: Apr 8, 2017 6:45 PM

    Dirty player. Watched him take out a guy’s knee on GB a few years back. After whistle.

    He was completely unhinged out there.

  8. InLavonteWeTrust says: Apr 8, 2017 6:46 PM

    I predict Marpet moves back to RG after this experiment fails

  9. Jonah Hill's Liver says: Apr 8, 2017 6:48 PM

    this guy is a beast

  10. phredicles says: Apr 8, 2017 6:51 PM

    He was one of the better linemen on an epically terrible line. Even if he doesn’t quite stink, that doesn’t mean he’s exactly good.

  11. Boris Yeltsin says: Apr 8, 2017 6:55 PM

    I have flat feet and I’m told it’s a big reason I tore my acl playing football in high school. I messed up my back recently because I was favoring that knee while working out. My point is this contract is fascinating to me. What dictates that an injury is “different from the back injury he dealt with last year,”? This stuff gets so complicated!

  12. andreboy1 says: Apr 8, 2017 7:03 PM

    Ruined Ian Williams career and he never got to sign a big money deal because of “Sleazy”

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