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D.J. Swearinger | Defensive Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/1/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 208
College: South Carolina
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Bucs waived S D.J. Swearinger and LB Orie Lemon.
Swearinger supposedly won strong safety duties in camp, but ended up being a mere special teamer. Swearinger is known for big hits, but lacks discipline. He's just two years removed from being a second-round pick, but seems to be wearing out his NFL welcome. Nov 17 - 3:40 PM

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ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas said D.J. Swearinger has won the starting job at strong safety.

Picked up off waivers from the Texans in May, Swearinger has earned consistent praise for his work in camp. A big hitter with natural talent, perhaps being cut has given Swearinger the motivation he needs to develop into a starting caliber safety. Bradley McDougald is the favorite to start opposite Swearinger at free safety.
Aug 24 - 11:11 AM

The Bucs official website believes D.J. Swearinger is "probably neck and neck" with Major Wright for the starting strong safety job.

Acquired off waivers from the Texans in May, Swearinger is not a great fit in Lovie Smith's Cover-2, but he may have the most natural talent in the Bucs' safety corps. Bradley McDougald is expected to beat out Chris Conte (hamstring) for the free safety job.
Aug 13 - 5:46 PM

ESPN's Field Yates reports eight teams put in a claim for SS D.J. Swearinger before he was awarded to the Bucs.

Including the Bucs, the Jaguars, Raiders, Jets, Falcons, Bills, Steelers, and Ravens all placed claims. This obviously means little now that Swearinger has landed in Tampa Bay, but it's noteworthy should Swearinger not stick with the Bucs. He doesn't really fit the scheme and could end up back on the streets if he doesn't up his play and learn to adhere to Lovie Smith's Cover-2 system.
May 13 - 1:01 PM

Bucs claimed SS D.J. Swearinger off waivers from the Texans.

The Bucs have the No. 1 priority on the waiver wire, and weren't going to let Swearinger get by them after he was waived on Monday. Swearinger is known more for his borderline hits than overall effectiveness, but is a playmaker capable of setting a fierce tone. He upgrades what was one of the worst secondaries in the league last season. Swearinger will compete with Bradley McDougald at strong safety, but has a legit chance at earning a starting job.
May 12 - 5:08 PM

The Bucs reportedly "really like" waived SS D.J. Swearinger.

Claims for waivers are due by 4pm ET on Tuesday. The Bucs have the No. 1 priority and they're at least considering it. Swearinger, the No. 57 overall pick in 2013, would at least bring natural talent to a secondary that ranked 28th in pass yards allowed per game last year. The Falcons, holders of the No. 8 waiver priority, are also rumored to have interest.
May 12 - 11:24 AM

A source tells KPRC-TV in Houston that D.J. Swearinger was waived because he refused to play special teams.

KPRC is not a typical outlet for breaking news, but this makes sense. Swearinger was always a hot head on and off the field, which made him a poor fit for the culture Bill Belichick disciple Bill O'Brien is trying to build. An unwillingness to help on special teams when you're struggling as a safety is not acceptable for O'Brien.
May 12 - 9:09 AM

The Charlotte Observer's Joe Person reports the Panthers are "kicking the tires" on waived SS D.J. Swearinger.

Swearinger was cut by the Texans on Monday. He'll go through the waiver process where we fully expect a team to claim him since he has under $2 million remaining on his contract over the next two seasons. He's just 23 and was one of the top safety prospects in 2013. It would be a surprise if he made it to Carolina.
May 11 - 7:04 PM

Texans waived SS D.J. Swearinger.

The 57th overall pick in the 2013 draft, Swearinger wore out his welcome quickly under no-nonsense coach Bill O'Brien, struggling mightily in coverage and often taking bad angles in run defense. The Texans tried trading Swearinger before cutting him, but found no takers, likely because of his bad game tape. Still, Swearinger is only 23 years old and will likely be claimed off waivers.
May 11 - 4:03 PM

SS D.J. Swearinger will not be with the Texans in 2015.

The Texans are trying to find a trade partner for Swearinger, the No. 57 overall pick in 2013, as we speak. If they can't salvage a sixth- or seventh-rounder for him, he'll be waived. Swearinger is a name because he takes no prisoners as one of the league's biggest (and most undisciplined) hitters, but he's also brutal against the run and nothing special in coverage. Swearinger is not a fit in the culture Bill O'Brien is trying to build in Houston.
May 11 - 9:18 AM

Texans SS D.J. Swearinger "has struggled to fit in with the Texans' off-field culture."

Swearinger has had a rocky offseason. First, his pit bull bit teammate Jadeveon Clowney, and then Swearinger allegedly was being sued by a Houston-area body shop after they performed roughly $20,000 worth of upgrades to Swearinger's truck only to see the third-year safety come in and drive the truck off the lot without paying. He's since resolved the matter by cutting a check. Swearinger is on the trade block, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Apr 29 - 10:35 AM's Ian Rapoport reports the Texans are "trying to trade" SS D.J. Swearinger.

Swearinger has made headlines as a big hitter with a penchant for dubious tactics, but wasn't an effective player in 2014. He graded out as a bottom-10 safety in Pro Football Focus' ratings after being similarly ineffective as a rookie. Swearinger is a poor tackler, but is due just $1.60 million over the final two years of his rookie contract. He could draw interest as a tone setter on the trade market.
Apr 28 - 1:20 PM

The Texans have decided to go with D.J. Swearinger over Shiloh Keo at strong safety in Danieal Manning's (broken leg, injured reserve) absence.

It's an about face from earlier in the week, where the Texans pledged to go with Keo. A second-round pick, Swearinger has struggled in 145 snaps this season, but the Texans have little to gain long-term by using end-of-roster type Keo over their rookie.
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 03:19:00 PM

Texans signed No. 57 overall pick FS D.J. Swearinger to a four-year contract.

Ala Danieal Manning and Glover Quin before him, Swearinger is a versatile safety with experience playing cornerback, both outside and in the slot. With Ed Reed's (hip surgery) health status totally up in the air, Swearinger stands a legit chance to open the season as Houston's starting free safety. He packs a wallop as a tackler and plays with more range than his 4.67 forty suggests.
Mon, Jul 22, 2013 01:44:00 PM

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said he thinks rookie S D.J. Swearinger is "going to be a big contributor early."

With Ed Reed (hip) sidelined, Swearinger saw significant reps in OTAs and minicamp. "He’s very smart in picking things up with what we’re doing," Kubiak said. While the initial plan was to use Swearinger in dime packages and on special teams, Reed's timetable remains unclear. There's a strong possibility Swearinger could see time as a starter early in the season.
Sat, Jun 15, 2013 09:55:00 AM

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