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Washington Redskins

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Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Likely to start at free safety
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger appears likely to start at free safety for the Redskins this season, John Keim of reports. "He just looks like a safety back there," head coach Jay Gruden noted. "He has got a lot of talent. We know that he's a physical guy, but as far as coverages and breaking up things, he's got a lot of confidence and he's going to really, really emerge as a top safety not only for this team but in this league."

Swearinger signed a three-year deal with the Redskins this offseason and seems likely to take over as the starting free safety this season. Washington has plenty of depth at safety, but with DeAngelo Hall coming off ACL surgery, it appears it will be Swearinger's job to lose. The 25-year-old is expected to line up alongside Su'a Cravens in the starting lineup, as the second-year man transitions from linebacker to strong safety this offseason.

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Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Signs three-year deal with Washington
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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Cardinals' D.J. Swearinger: Contributes three interceptions in 2016
by RotoWire Staff | Special to

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 he aggravated the issue and landed 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).

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YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2013Houston Texans167154.0170100.0004
2014Houston Texans167351.022123115.52506
2015Arizona Cardinals477.000000.0001
2015Tampa Bay Buccaneers7129.030000.0000
2016Arizona Cardinals166658.0823134.31208
2017Washington Redskins000.000000.0000
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2013Houston Texans1600100000
2014Houston Texans1600301010
2015Arizona Cardinals400101010
2015Tampa Bay Buccaneers7000011210
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