Following the Redskins' 25-16 loss to the Titans in Week 16, starting Safety D.J. Swearinger was critical of the team's defensive coaching staff and the decision making that took place. It was the second time in three weeks the veteran defensive back was critical of Redskins' decision-making
On Monday morning, Christmas Eve, the Redskins released Swearinger, ending a brief, but wildly entertaining tenure in Washington. It did not take long for Swearinger's gritty, old-school demeanor to endear himself to Redskins fans, and the former South Carolina Gamecock quickly became a fan favorite.
March 9, 2017: Redskins sign free agent Swearinger to a three-year $13.5 million deal following a three-interception season with the Cardinals in 2016.
Sept. 5, 2017: Swearinger voted in by teammates as defensive captain during Redskins training camp.
Sept. 9, 2017: Swearinger makes his regular-season debut for the Redskins, recording five solo tackles and one pass deflection in the team's 30-17 loss to the Eagles.
Nov. 12, 2017: Swearinger picks off Vikings quarterback Case Keenum twice, for his first two interceptions as a Redskin and the first multi-interception game of his career, in the team's 38-30 loss to Minnesota.
Dec. 31, 2017: Swearinger records a season-high nine solo tackles and a forced fumble in the final game of the season, an 18-10 loss to the Giants. Swearinger ends his first year in Washington with 61 solo tackles, 10 pass deflections, four interceptions, and one forced fumble.
Jan. 1, 2018: A fay after-season ending loss, Swearinger criticizes how teammates and staff handled a rash of injuries that plagued the Redskins' season.
Aug. 14, 2018: Swearinger gets into a heated exchange with former teammate Terrelle Pryor during a Jets-Redskins mixed practice.
Sept. 16, 2018: Swearinger intercepts Colts quarterback Andrew Luck twice in the Redskins' 21-9 loss to the Colts in Week 2 loss.
Oct. 14, 2018: Swearinger records a sack and a forced fumble in the Redskins' 23-17 win over the Panthers.
Oct. 21, 2018: For the second straight game, Swearinger records a turnover, forcing and recovering a fumble from Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott in the Redskins' 20-17 win over Dallas.
Oct. 28, 2018: For the third time as a Redskin, Swearinger records a multi-interception game, picking off Eli Manning in the Redskins' 20-13 win over the Giants. The Redskins sit at 5-2 and are alone atop the NFC East.
Nov. 4, 2018: The Redskins defense gives up 491 yards of total offense and five touchdowns in a 24-point loss to the Falcons. Swearinger finishes the game with no tackles, solo or combined.
Nov. 23, 2018: Following a Thanksgiving loss to the Cowboys, in which backup quarterback Colt McCoy exited the game with a broken leg, Swearinger delivered a rant during his weekly radio interview in which he blasted the team's effort and coaching decisions.
Dec. 18, 2018: Swearinger tabbed as an alternate for the Pro Bowl, along with punter Tress Way.
Dec. 22, 2018: The Redskins fall to 7-8 following a 25-16 loss to the Titans. After the game, Swearinger publically criticizes Greg Manusky for the defensive schemes and playcalling in the second half.
Dec. 23, 2018: Head coach Jay Gruden expresses disappointment in Swearinger, reaffirms that Swearinger is the starting safety and not the defensive coordinator.
Dec. 24, 2018: Redskins release Swearinger following critical comments he made about the coaching staff after the team's Week 16 loss to the Titans.
Dec. 25, 2018: Shortly after being released by the Redskins, Swearinger signs a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals.
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