What’s Christmas Eve without a little NFL drama in the morning?
In a somewhat surprising move, the Washington Redskins have announced that they are cutting ties with safety D.J. Swearinger. The move comes in light of some critical comments Swearinger made about members of the Redskins coaching staff after Saturday night’s loss against the Tennessee Titans.
— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) December 24, 2018
Although, surprising it’s clear that this move was justified after Swearinger’s comments. Head coach Jay Gruden was not going to tolerate a player being negatively vocal about other members of his coaching staff. Therefore, Swearinger is no longer a Redskin.
While his tenure in Washington is over, Swearinger should have no issue finding a new home. However, don’t get too excited about the idea of Swearinger if you’re a fan of a playoff team.
D.J. Swearinger this season:
* Started all 15 games
* Played all but 1 defensive snap
* Led Redskins in INT (4)
* Led Redskins in pass breakups (10)
* Pro Bowl alternate
Now released, he's subject to waivers. A claiming team would owe him $176, 470 for the rest of this season.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 24, 2018
Swearinger is an excellent player, but more importantly, he’s cheap, making just over $10 million over the next two seasons, per Spotrac. Someone is going to claim him, and a team higher on the waiver wire is likely to be intrigued by the idea of stashing a Pro Bowl-caliber safety for next season.
We’ll find out in the coming days what team found D.J. Swearinger under their Christmas tree. Whoever it is will be getting quite the gift.
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