Denver Broncos free agency: The Broncos are reportedly a ‘team to pay attention to’ in regards to Seattle Seahawks OG J.R. Sweezy…
John Elway knows the biggest weakness for the Denver Broncos last season was on the offensive line, and he’s setting out to correct that. After releasing right guard Louis Vasquez on Tuesday, the Broncos are reportedly set to sign OT Donald Stephenson to a contract worth around $5 million annually.
Then this morning came a rumor from Rand Getlin that the Broncos are one of the many, many teams interested in J.R. Sweezy, a guard from the Seattle Seahawks.
So what kind of player is Sweezy?
This is a pretty good watch for whatever team’s fan base winds up signing him. In Sweezy, you’re getting a guy who is not only quick off the ball with great feet but you’re getting a punisher and a finisher who is only 26 years of age.
Not bad, but the Broncos might have to pay up, at least in terms of guaranteed money. Initial reports indicated that Sweezy had at least a third of the league interested in his services.
The main concern I have with Sweezy is not in the running game, but in pass protection. He is a converted defensive lineman, so he’s still relatively new to the offensive side of the ball. He has gotten beat plenty by talented interior pass rushers.
Overall, I think this would be a positive move for the Broncos, provided they’re not trying to overpay for Sweezy’s services. He has some grit to him, and plays with the type of quickness that the team would love at the guard spot moving forward, so I can see the fit.