Two days after the Redskins surprisingly released him, safety D.J. Swearinger says he has learned his lesson.
Washington cut Swearinger Monday, two days after he criticized the defensive play calling in a loss to the Titans. Claimed by the Cardinals on waivers Tuesday, Swearinger told reporters Wednesday he’s learned a lesson.
“I definitely didn’t think it would cost me my job,” Swearinger said, via AZCentral.com. “If anything, I thought they might discipline me. But I definitely didn’t think it would cost me my job, knowing that me and the coach had an understanding. … We had a good relationship. It’s just learning, though, that I’ll keep my mouth shut next time and just keep playing football and do what I do on the football field and let my talents do the talking.”
The 27-year-old Swearinger, who played for the Cardinals in 2015-16, seemed pleased to be back in Phoenix, and Cardinals coach Steve Wilks is happy to unexpectedly add a player of his talent and intensity off waivers.
“I’ll say this, No.1, about claiming him — It was a great deal by us,” Wilks said. “I don’t know him personally, but I like his play, having scouted him and going against him. He’s a very physical guy, tough, nasty, with the DNA that we look for.
“Personality-wise, talking to everybody in the building, everybody in the locker room, they love him. The guys in the locker room were excited to see him because they understand what he brings on and off the field.”
Swearinger’s status for the Cardinals’ season finale against the Seahawks is unclear, but he has decided one thing. After the Redskins cut him, he said he’d wear his college football helmet — he attended the University of South Carolina — if he plays in the Pro Bowl. That’s against NFL rules. So if Swearinger is chosen to play, he’ll wear his Cardinals helmet.