The Redskins have added 25-year-old safety
The Washington Redskins are adding a big hitter to the defensive backfield, as the team announced on Friday that they have signed safety D.J. Swearinger.
He has appeared 59 regular season games over five seasons between the Houston Texans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals.
For his career, the 5-foot-10, 205 pounder has recorded 229 tackles along with 19 passes defensed, six interceptions, five fumbles forced and three sacks.
As a rookie, Swearinger started all 16 games for the Texans, recording 71 tackles along with four passes defensed, an interception and a fumble forced.
On Nov. 10, 2013, Swearinger recorded his first NFL interception, picking off a pass from Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer. He also recorded a forced fumble in the regular season finale against the Tennessee Titans.
Swearinger split time between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals in 2015, appearing in 11 games and recording 16 tackles along with a forced fumble.
During the 2016 season, the South Carolina product amassed 66 tackles along with eight passes defensed and three interceptions in 16 games for the Cardinals.
Second-year USC product Su’a Cravens is expected to make a full-time move to safety as well after spending his rookie season in a situation role as a backup inside linebacker.