D.J. Swearinger has gone from one non-playoff team to another.
The former Washington safety, cut after repeatedly bad-mouthing the coaching staff, has indicated on social media that he’s returning to Arizona.
A second-round pick of the Texans in 2013, Swearinger was waived after two years in Houston. The Buccaneers gave him a landing spot until November, at which time Tampa Bay released him. The Cardinals eventually signed Swearinger to the practice squad.
He replaced Tyrann Mathieu on the roster after Mathieu suffered a December ACL tear. In 2016, Swearinger played in all 16 games, starting 12.
Washington signed Swearinger as a free agent in 2017. The Pro Bowl alternate was waived earlier this week.
The Cardinals had priority for the balance of Sweaninger’s contract. Signed through 2019, Swearinger has a $4.25 million salary plus a $250,000 roster bonus next year.