UPDATE 5:34 p.m.: D.J. Swearinger confirmed on Twitter that he'd be joining the Redskins.
THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY!!! https://t.co/4HjdkNi51q— DJ Swearinger (@JungleBoi_Swagg) March 9, 2017
The Redskins have shifted their free agency attention from the line to the back end.
According to multiple media reports the Redskins have signed safety D. J. Swearinger. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the deal is for three years and $13.5 million with $6 million paid in the first year.
Swearinger has been with three different teams in his four seasons in the NFL. He was a second-round pick of the Texans in the 2013 draft. After two years in Houston, he went to the Bucs and, most recently, the Cardinals.
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With the Cardinals last year, he intercepted three passes and defensed eight passes. Per Pro Football Focus, he did not allow a touchdown pass. He has a reputation for being a big hitter in the secondary.
Swearinger is likely to be an immediate starter. Although he could be better suited to playing strong safety but he could play free if the Redskins do indeed move second-year player Su’a Cravens to strong safety.