Raiders brought in former Cardinals S DJ Swearinger for a workout
The Oakland Raiders were able to add another solid win to their 2019 resume with a 31-24 win over the Detroit Lions this past Sunday. That moves Oakland to 4-4 on the season which is quite impressive for a team that is considered to be rebuilding as they will move to their new home in Las Vegas very soon.
Jon Gruden and the Raiders are not done trying to acquire cheap talent as it was reported Monday that the team is working out former Washington Redskins and Arizona Cardinals safety DJ Swearinger.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 4, 2019
The move would be to add some much-needed depth to Oakland’s safety position as Erik Harris was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, but did eventually suit up against the Lions.
Swearinger was cut earlier this season by the Arizona Cardinals after starting their first four games but the 28-year-old defensive back struggled in pass coverage leading to his departure. His exit from Washington was a bit more controversial as Swearinger was cut after he called out his defensive coordinator’s play-calling after a frustrating loss. He was previously warned not to call out the coaching staff as the Redskins had had enough and waived the veteran.
Jonathan Abram was Oaklands starting safety before the rookie went down in the team’s first game of the season with a torn rotator cuff that ended his season. While Abram is expected to be fully healthy next season, the Raiders need help now and with Swearinger on the market, his grittiness and toughness match the culture Jon Gruden is trying to create in Oakland.