Cardinals sign ex-Redskins safety Swearinger

Elena Summers
December 27, 2018

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Packers were one of three teams to submit a waiver claim on safety D.J. Swearinger, who was released by the Washington Redskins on Monday.

"I'm a vocal guy, passionate guy that wants to win", Swearinger said on 106.7 The Fan, the radio station on which he broke the news of his release Monday and where he had a weekly appearance. Swearinger said that Washington coaches balked at his suggestions for ways to improve the defense and Gruden said it's fine to have those things in-house, but made it clear that airing the laundry outside the organization went too far.

Gruden had said this weekend that he was really disappointed with Swearinger's comments. Clearly he changed his mind after come more time had passed.

That opened the door for the Cardinals to give themselves a Christmas present by bringing back Swearinger, claiming him on waivers Tuesday.

December 24, 2018: Redskins release Swearinger following critical comments he made about the coaching staff after the team's Week 16 loss to the Titans. "If anything, I thought they might discipline me". "We wish nothing but the best but at the end of the day that's something that this franchise or any franchise can't afford to have".


In fact, no other team in the National Football League besides the Arizona Cardinals had the chance to claim the Pro Bowl alternate. He was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate. "I'm a very smart football player".

Notes: Arizona lost yet another offensive lineman when rookie tackle Korey Cunningham was placed on injured reserve.

Swearinger, 27, had three interceptions, nine passes defensed and 73 tackles in 20 games (13 starts) over parts of two seasons with the Cardinals. "I love all the coaches here, we've battled our butts off".

Swearinger has also been openly critical of the team's practice habits, raising questions about the team's lack of preparation, a problem that has bubbled up and caused inconsistency. "He would quickly understand that and if he has an issue, that's where that accountability comes in, players and coaches".

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