Report: Saints signing DJ Swearinger to one-year deal
The New Orleans Saints are making a concerted effort to bolster their secondary, adding another member to the defense. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, New Orleans is signing D.J. Swearinger to a one-year deal.
The #Saints added more than Malcolm Jenkins in the secondary, signing DJ Swearinger to a 1-year, $1.1M deal.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 22, 2020
The one-year deal with the Saints will be worth $1.1 million for the former second-round pick of the Houston Texans. Since entering the NFL, Swearinger has played with a handful of teams, actually joining New Orleans at the end of the 2019 season.
Swearinger began the 2019 season with the Arizona Cardinals before being released nearly a month into the season. Then, after waiting for a team to express interest, the Las Vegas Raiders brought Swearinger in for part of the season.
But similar to the situation with the Cardinals, Swearinger was cut by the Raiders, making him a free agent again. Nevertheless, the Saints swooped in and brought Swearinger in for the final week of the regular season.
After a brief stint with the Saints, Swearinger was interested in a return to New Orleans. Seeing that he’s back with the Saints in 2020, the feeling was mutual.
Earlier this week, New Orleans reunited with Malcolm Jenkins after the Philadelphia Eagles chose not to pick up his option for the 2020 season. Even though he won’t start, Swearinger provides some depth in a secondary that could lose Vonn Bell.
Somewhat recently, Swearinger was able to combine for 132 tackles, 20 deflections, and eight interceptions with the Washington Redskins from 2017-2018. Given the price, retaining Swearinger seems to be an ideal move for the Saints.