Safety D.J. Swearinger, released by Washington after he criticized the team, was signed Tuesday by the Arizona Cardinals.
Swearinger, who said that he may watch "more film than coaches, "via NFL.com, sounded off on the Redskins after Saturday's game - particularly defensive coordinator Greg Manusky".
Washington coach Jay Gruden said Sunday he was considering disciplining the Pro Bowl defensive back. Clearly he changed his mind after come more time had passed.
Washington Redskins free safety D.J. Swearinger (36) celebrates after a failed fourth down conversion by the Carolina Panthers in the final minute of the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. "I feel like on the third down and 6, third down and 7, we're playing a backup quarterback, why would you put us in man-to-man?" Among other things, Swearinger called one of Manusky's play-calling "horrible" and said the team should have been more aggressive, adding Manusky made it too easy on Titans backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
So, with Swearinger officially released, he'll go through the waiver process. "I think we made it pretty clear we keep our business within these walls, and we've had talks before about that, and unfortunately he chose to go to the media again and talk about some of his displeasure with some of the calls". "I think it was a awful call, but I feel like you don't put Fabian in that situation with a backup quarterback". I try to give my insight, but it doesn't work. In fact, no other team in the National Football League besides the Arizona Cardinals had the chance to claim the Pro Bowl alternate.
Washington is releasing Swearinger with a year left on his contract, though there is no guaranteed money in 2019. The 27-year-old would be a fit on just about any team with a need at secondary, but instead Swearinger was claimed by the Cardinals rather than a contender.