D.J. Swearinger
D.J. Swearinger
28-Year-Old SafetyS
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Swearinger has been wild in most senses since his college days at South Carolina, which has resulted in sputtering opportunities despite NFL-level talent. He publicly criticized defensive coordinator Greg Manusky to the point that Washington cut Swearinger in-season. But that Arizona pursued Swearinger immediately afterward could indicate a new leash. He might blow it again between his attitude and head-hunting, but Swearinger is a natural heat-seeker on the field and carries intriguing snap volume upside as Arizona goes with a max-tempo offense. Read Past Outlooks
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$Released by the Cardinals in September of 2019.
Let go by Cardinals
SFree Agent
September 30, 2019
The Cardinals released Swearinger on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The Cardinals showcased a notoriously bad pass defense through the first four games, allowing 10 touchdowns (ranked 30th) and 271 passing yards per game (22nd). They needed to make a change, and Swearinger appears to be the casualty after playing all but one defensive snap during the first quarter of the season. This also may illustrate Arizona's confidence in rookie fifth-round pick Deionte Thompson's ability to start at strong safety alongside Budda Baker.
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How do D.J. Swearinger's measurables compare to other safeties?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 10"
205 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.67 sec
Shuttle Time
4.11 sec
Cone Drill
6.70 sec
Vertical Jump
37.0 in
Broad Jump
124 in
Bench Press
17 reps
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
During his first season in the nation's capital, Swearinger not only secured the starting job at strong safety but also served as one of the team's four captains - the only member of the Redskins defense to have that honor. He ultimately logged over 1,000 snaps without missing a game, which translated to a solid stat line consisting of 79 tackles, 10 pass breakups and four picks. With his role not expected to change in 2018, Swearinger could potentially improve upon those numbers, especially if the team's revamped defensive line can consistently wreak havoc in the backfield.
The hard-hitting safety moved across the country from Arizona to Washington, D.C. after signing a three-year deal with the Redskins this offseason. Swearinger figures to take over as the starting free safety for veteran DeAngelo Hall, who missed almost the entire 2016 season due to a torn ACL. Swearinger will look to follow up his commendable 2016 campaign, which included 66 tackles, eight pass deflections, three interceptions and two sacks through 16 games with the Cardinals.
The 2013 second-rounder recorded 73 tackles and two interceptions for the Texans last season and will provide depth at safety.
Swearinger finished the 2013 season in the starting lineup, but is likely to become a backup in 2014 after the Texans signed free agents Chris Clemons and Kendrick Lewis. Still, he brought an attitude to the position the Texans liked in 2013. If he can curtail the extra-curricular stuff (i.e. limit unnecessary penalties), he could press for playing time.
Swearinger, a second round draft pick in 2013, is expected to be one of the four safeties on the roster to open the season.
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Back practicing Sunday
SArizona Cardinals
August 11, 2019
Swearinger (undisclosed) practiced Sunday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
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Managing soft tissue injury
SArizona Cardinals
July 31, 2019
Swearinger did not practice Tuesday due to a soft tissue injury, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports.
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Cardinals debut put on hold
SArizona Cardinals
December 30, 2018
Swearinger won't play in Sunday's season finale versus the Seahawks, Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic reports.
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Lands with Arizona
SArizona Cardinals
December 25, 2018
Swearinger posted on his personal Instagram account Tuesday that he was claimed off waivers by the Cardinals.
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Released by Redskins
SFree Agent
December 24, 2018
Swearinger was released by the Redskins on Monday, Grant Paulsen of The Athletic reports.
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