Source: Saints express interest in Seattle guard J.R. Sweezy _lowres


The NFL’s legal tampering period began on Monday, allowing teams to make contact with potential unrestricted free agents three days before the opening of free agency on March 9.

Sweezy, 26, has started at right guard for the Seattle Seahawks in each of the past three seasons, and as a young player, he’d be a player with a long-term future.

New Orleans’ interest is also a sign that the Saints are interested in bringing in veteran help to replace departed legend Jahri Evans, who was released the day after the Super Bowl. In addition, starting left guard Tim Lelito is a restricted free agent, and the Saints have until Wednesday to offer Lelito a contract tender or extend him in order to keep him from hitting free agency.

New Orleans made one move on Sunday by re-signing Senio Kelemete, who started three games at guard last season, but also offers value as a versatile lineman capable of stepping in at any spot on the offensive line.

The NFL Network’s Rand Getlin reported the news first.