Redskins sign Swearinger to a 3-year deal

The Washington Redskins tried to upgrade the safety position on the first day of free agency as they signed former Cardinals safety D.J. Swearinger to a 3-year/$13.5 million deal. Swearinger had a career-high 3 interceptions last season with Arizona, but Swearinger certainly isn’t known as a very god cover safety. Swearinger is a hard-hitting safety that plays the run well and is a reliable tackler. Swearinger is still an upgrade for the Redskins at safety over Donte Whitner. However, Swearinger can’t be relied upon in coverage as he isn’t very fast and he often gets burned on deep routes which isn’t good since he will be the last line of defense for the Redskins. The good news for Washington is that he won’t cost much to sign, but in my opinion he is just an average safety at best. If Swearinger can improve his coverage skills then this would be a very good signing, but I don’t see that happening which is why this is just an average signing for Washington.

Grade: C

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