The Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave J.R. Sweezy a five-year, $32.5 million contract, according to Ian Rapoport. Rand Getlin even says he's getting $21 million over the first three seasons, while Greg Auman notes he got $14.5 million fully guaranteed -- likely the first two seasons. That is a lot of money for a player who catches a lot of flak. Clearly, the Bucs don't agree with the critics. They're paying him just a little less than they paid Logan Mankins the past two years.
Sweezy's contract implies that he'll be given the starting job at left guard, despite Kevin Pamphile's solid play at that position in limited time last year. Now, there's some competition at every position and it's always possible that Pamphile blows Sweezy away in training camp -- but when people are paid this much money, they tend to get a whole lot of second, third, fourth and fifth chances before they're benched. We saw that with Anthony Collins and Michael Johnson in 2014.
With Sweezy at left guard, we basically know how the Bucs' 2016 offensive line is going to play, barring injury or weird development. From left to right: Donovan Smith, J.R. Sweezy, Joe Hawley, Ali Marpet, Demar Dotson -- with a tiny chance Cherilus gets the starting job at right tackle instead. The real question is going to be 2017, when Demar Dotson, Joe Hawley and Gosder Cherilus are scheduled to be free agents. Kevin Pamphile could be groomed to fill one of those spots, and the Bucs could do with a late-round pick along the line to add some depth and/or a potential future starter as well.