Cardinals sign ex-Redskins safety Swearinger

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In the past, Swearinger had criticized the Redskins organization publicly and the comments he made after Washington's loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday was the final straw. Swearinger, who had four interceptions this season in his second year as a Redskins starter, went on DC radio Monday to announce his release, saying coach Jay Gruden called him into his office, alerted him of the news, and would not provide a reason.

Some may not agree with the decision to part with Swearinger, but simply put, National Football League coaching staffs and front offices don't tolerate consistent insubordination, as it can poison a locker room. "I'm a very smart football player". That's on me. I've got to control that and get better at that, but like I said, live and learn and keep moving forward.

Swearinger said he needs to control himself better when he gets emotional after games.

Swearinger called into 106.7 The Fan on Monday amid reports that he was cut from the team.

Being up to speed to play in the Cardinals' season finale at Seattle on Sunday could be a longshot for Swearinger, Arizona coach Steve Wilks admitted.

D.J. Swearinger says he's been released by the Redskins after criticizing team's coaching

In a year and a quarter with the Cardinals, Swearinger became one of the team's starting safeties and racked up some solid stats, playing 20 games while recording 134 tackles, nine pass defenses, three picks, and two sacks.

"Well, I think if you read the articles, I think those aren't constructive", Gruden said. That move sent Swearinger to the NFL's waiver order, and the Cardinals, as the worst team in the league, have first rights to claim any such player that comes across the transaction wire.

"I can only control what I can control", he said. I guess we didn't make the plays.

"I'm just ready to play, regardless of who the coach is, regardless of who the players are", Swearinger said. A day later, the Cardinals claimed him off waivers and placed offensive lineman Korey Cunningham (foot) on injured reserve. "I don't have a problem with his opinion, but we're not going to air that opinion outside the building".

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