Swearinger signed a three-year, $13.5 million contract with the Redskins on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Swearinger will be joining his fourth team in the past five years. He had 66 tackles, including 2.0 sacks, and eight passes defensed, including three interceptions, while playing with the Cardinals last season. He'll likely be a primary backup at safety behind Su'a Cravens and DeAngelo Hall in 2017.
Swearinger produced 66 tackles (58 solo), including two sacks, and three interceptions among eight passes defended in 16 games during the 2016 campaign. Used sparingly down the stretch in 2015 due to Tyrann Mathieu's torn ACL, Swearinger was brought back on a one-year deal in April to provide depth in a safety corps also populated by Tony Jefferson and free-agent pickup Tyvon Branch. The aforementioned trio sans Swearinger earned at least three starts within the first four games of this season, but Branch suffered a groin injury in Week 4 that resulted in a stay on injured reserve, thrusting the former into the starting lineup. Although Branch's return in Week 13 lasted just two games before aggravating the issue and landing back on IR, Swearinger remained a starter for the rest of the year due to Mathieu's slow recovery and midseason shoulder subluxation, allowing just one appearance for the All-Pro after Week 8 until his placement on IR on Dec. 23. Both Mathieu and Branch are locked up through at least 2017, so another significant snap count (78 percent of the defensive snaps in 2016) could come to pass for Swearinger if the Cardinals opt for the cheaper of their two unrestricted free-agent safeties (also, Jefferson).
Swearinger was listed as the Cardinals' starting strong safety on the initial depth chart of training camp, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports. Surprisingly, Swearinger appears before Tyvon Branch, who was the Cardinals' notable offseason addition to the secondary. Swearinger may have a leg up due to his spell in Arizona last season, but ultimately their participation in the preseason will determine who gets to operate next to a healthy Tyrann Mathieu (knee), once he's cleared for action.
The Cardinals and Swearinger agreed to a contract Monday, the team's official site reports. Swearinger logged a brief spell on the Cardinals' practice squad last season before his services were required due to the Tyrann Mathieu's torn ACL. In six games thereafter -- including the team's two-game playoff run -- Swearinger recorded seven tackles (all solo), one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one pass defended. If Mathieu's rehab extends into next season, Swearinger could pick up a modest role in the safety rotation, but the presence of Tyvon Branch and Tony Jefferson will likely limit him to a special-teams role.
The Cardinals signed Swearinger to the practice squad Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. In parts of three seasons with the Texans and Buccaneers, the 2013 second-round pick has totaled 157 tackles (115 solo), three interceptions, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries across 39 games. If another member of the Cardinals' secondary joins Jerraud Powers (strained calf) on the injury list, Swearinger could be called upon to serve as a backup.