The Tampa Bay offensive line was a disaster back in 2014, but they took a huge step forward last season, helped in part by the quick acclimatisation of two rookies thrown in to the starting line-up immediately. It certainly helped the pair to make a quick transition to the pro game (for right guard Marpet coming all the way from division three Hobart!) by having the experience of Logan Mankins there on the line with them. The long-time Patriot only spent the two seasons as a Buccaneer though, as he announced his retirement earlier this week. That immediately created a big gap, and made signing a replacement guard a top priority this off-season, either via the draft or now in free agency. General manager Jason Licht targeted and agreed to terms with Seahawks free agent J.R. Sweezy, to give a boost to the position. He’s another relative-veteran after four years and a Super Bowl title, during his time in Seattle. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport announced the signing, quoting a source. Sweezy was in fact a defensive lineman in college for North Carolina State, but the Seahawks selected him in the 7th and final round of the 2012 draft with the intention to convert him to the offensive line instead, seeing the traits to excel on the other side of the trenches. He unsurprisingly wasn’t an immediate full-time starter, whilst he learned his new role, but still had three starts as a rookie, before going on to start 46 games over the next three years. Having appeared in two Super Bowls over that time – and winning one – he brings some much-needed understanding of what it takes to challenge for the championship. The Bucs are a team who could be on the verge of competing for a playoff spot for the first time in nearly a decade in 2016, and Sweezy ought to be a positive presence in the locker room. As of yet, there’s no confirmation of contract details in terms of the length of the deal, or the amount of money involved, the specifics of which are sure to emerge shortly.