The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reconstructed offensive guard J.R. Sweezy’s contract.


The Bucs have guaranteed him more money, however they have added some fancy wording to protect themselves from the possibility of Sweezy falling from a devastating injury. Sweezy’s base salary will jump up from $2.5 million per season to $3.75 million.

This new contract gives the Buccaneers a much-needed security

blanket in case Sweezy’s back injury keeps him from playing in games. The only way Sweezy’s money becomes fully guaranteed is if he plays in games or is cut or placed on I.R. for any injury other than the back injury that kept him out of the entire 2016 season.


Sweezy also could receive up to $1.25 million, per game as an incentive for being on the 53 man roster. Originally Tampa had signed Sweezy to a 5-year $35 million contract, and due to the new contract amendments, he can now make that $35 million in the final four years of his contract. However, if Sweezy’s back injury returns, Tampa can cut him and owe him nothing.