NFL rumors: Raiders tried to claim D.J. Swearinger off waivers from Washington


Late in the season, the Raiders tried to add a dynamic player to their roster.

ESPN's Field Yates reported Tuesday that the Raiders were one of three teams to submit a waiver claim for recently released safety D.J. Swearinger.

The claim, however, didn't go the Raiders' way, as the Cardinals were awarded Swearinger. Arizona's inferior 3-12 record helped them land the former second-round draft pick.

The Green Bay Packers were the other team to put in a claim for Swearinger, per Yates.

Why was a 27-year-old safety who started all 15 games this season and had four interceptions on the market this late in the year? Because Swearinger made critical comments of Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky after Saturday's loss to the Tennessee Titans.

"I probably watch more film than the coaches," Swearinger said Saturday, according to

Interesting that Jon Gruden tried to claim a player who was released by his brother, Jay, the coach in Washington.

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