Safety has been a position of need for the Redskins for some time, and though the team made moves to address both safety spots this offseason by bringing in Dashon Goldson from Tampa and Jeron Johnson from Seattle. While both players should be an improvement over the names that have lined up in the back of the Redskins defense in the last five years, the fact remains that Goldson is 30 years old and Johnson is unproven. And that's what makes this news out of Houston so intriguing:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 11, 2015
A second round pick in the 2013 draft, Swearinger was linked as a possible Redskins target that year, but Washington selected cornerback David Amerson instead with the 51st overall pick. Swearinger went 57 to Texans. In two seasons with Houston, Swearinger has produced up and down results. He has started 22 out of 32 games, made three interceptions and forced four fumbles. Swearinger's repuation is such that he is a big-hitter that likes to make big plays, but at times, doesn't always make the simple plays needed from the secondary.
Houston wanted to trade Swearinger during the NFL Draft, but no deal emerged, and now it looks like he will be a free agent. A safety with skill that comes available this late in the offseason could be of value to Scot McCloughan. At 5'11". 208 lbs., Swearinger does not have great size, but he plays very tough, a quality McCloughan has repeated over and over he wants more of in the Redskins.
Does Swearinger to D.C. make sense? Yes. Will it happen? That will depend a lot on money and what role Swearinger wants. Do you think Swearinger could land in Burgundy and Gold? Let us know what you think in the comments.