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D.J. Swearinger | Defensive Back | #36

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/1/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 205
College: South Carolina
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 2 (57) / HOU
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Redskins signed FS D.J. Swearinger, formerly of the Cardinals, to a three-year, $13.5 million contract.
The post-McCloughan Redskins' signings have underwhelmed to this point, but this is a potentially very good one. Still only 25 years old despite entering his fifth NFL season, Swearinger had a breakout 2016 campaign in Arizona with three interceptions as a 12-game starter, earning positive grades both in pass coverage and run defense from Pro Football Focus. A hard hitter in the back end, Swearinger will be an enforcer next to SS Su'a Cravens. Mar 9 - 5:14 PM

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Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune believes the Bears will have interest in free agent S D.J. Swearinger.

Swearinger was one of the better safeties in the league last year, earning PFF's eight-highest grade out of 91 qualifiers. He's sure to attract widespread interest, but we're guessing the Cardinals will make a strong push to re-sign him. Retaining Swearinger will become particularly important for Arizona if Tony Jefferson departs, as many are expecting.
Mar 7 - 12:44 PM

With DE Calais Campbell and SS Tony Jefferson expected to leave, the Cardinals' priority is now to re-sign free agents S D.J. Swearinger and TE Jermaine Gresham.

The Arizona Republic expects Jefferson to command $7-10 million annually, and Campbell to exceed the $11 million annual average he made with the Cards. Swearinger, 25, enjoyed a breakout 2016 in the desert and will be cheaper for Arizona to retain. Gresham is still only 28 years old, even though it seems like he should be 35. He took on an increased role in the passing game last year.
Mar 5 - 5:24 PM

Cardinals extended an original-pick tender to restricted free agent S D.J. Swearinger.

The tender is worth $1.671 million. Signed in December, Swearinger held his own in extended action over the final month of the season. He will be an important reserve for a team which is losing several pieces in the secondary.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 04:37:00 PM

Cardinals signed S D.J. Swearinger off their practice squad.

He takes the roster spot of G/T Earl Watford, who was placed on I.R. Swearinger, the former second-round pick, appeared in seven games for the Bucs earlier this season but was cut and quickly added to Arizona's taxi squad.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 09:19:00 AM

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.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 03:40:00 PM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 11:11:00 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.
Thu, Aug 13, 2015 05:46:00 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.
Wed, May 13, 2015 01:01:00 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.
Tue, May 12, 2015 05:08:00 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.
Tue, May 12, 2015 11:24:00 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.
Tue, May 12, 2015 09:09:00 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.
Mon, May 11, 2015 07:04:00 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.
Mon, May 11, 2015 04:03:00 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.
Mon, May 11, 2015 09:18:00 AM

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