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Redskins Sign Safety D.J. Swearinger

Posted Mar 10, 2017

The Redskins have added 25-year-old safety D.J. Swearinger to the roster. In four seasons between three different teams, Swearinger has recorded more than 225 tackles.

The Redskins have added 25-year-old safety D.J. Swearinger to the roster. In four seasons between three different teams, Swearinger has recorded more than 225 tackles along with six interceptions and five fumbles forced.

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.

Swearinger, 25, originally entered the NFL as a second round pick in the 2013 draft out of South Carolina.

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.

In 2014, Swearinger once again appeared in all 16 regular season games with 12 starts, tallying career highs in tackles (73) and forced fumble (three). All three forced fumbles came in the first month of the season.

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.

The addition of Swearinger provides the Redskins another veteran safety along with DeAngelo Hall and Josh Evans.

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.

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