It’s another matter of the changing of the guard for the only current Mooresville-area active member of the National Football League.
Sources confirmed earlier this week that Mooresville hometown native J.R. Sweezy has agreed to don his third different NFL uniform within an as-many-season span after accepting a two-year deal as a free agent to join the Arizona Cardinals organization.
Last year, Sweezy served as a starting offensive lineman for the majority of the season with the Seattle Seahawks, the franchise that also drafted the former Mooresville High School and N.C. State University product with the 225th selection in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL draft.
It accounted to what amounted to a reunion season of sort for Sweezy.
He spent the 2012-2016 seasons with Seattle, part of one winning Super Bowl team — in 2013 —and another the following season that also reached the championship game. He then signed a two-year free agent deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
After being sidelined by an injury his first season with the Bucs, he started 14 games following recovery from back surgery before being released in the following offseason.
Sweezy marked his return to the Seahawks by making 15 starts last season as part of a one-year deal.
Sweezy spent his first four seasons in Seattle, successfully making the transition from a defensive position he manned throughout both his high school and collegiate career by garnering a full-time starting position during the bulk of his time spent with the organization.
Throughout his career, Sweezy, who turns 30 in April, has played right and left guard during his seven seasons in the NFL.
With his arrival in Arizona, Sweezy is anticipated to complete the Cardinals starting offensive line for the upcoming season.