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Buccaneers & Panthers Could Place Waiver Claims For S D.J. Swearinger

Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com mentions that the Buccaneers “really like” recently released S D.J. Swearinger and expects them to place a waiver claim on the former Texan.

  • Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported that the Buccaneers could place a waiver claim on Swearinger.
  • A source tells Stroud that it’s currently a “50-50” whether the team actually placed a claim on the second-round pick from a few years ago.
  • Joe Person reports that the Panthers are “kicking the tires” on Swearinger.
  • Person admits that a number of teams would have to pass on placing a waiver claim for Swearinger in order for him to end up in Carolina.

The Buccaneers have the No. 1 waiver position, which means they would win any claim for Swearinger.

Swearinger announced earlier in the day that he wasn’t going to be back with the team and previous reports had said that the Texans made him available for trade, so it was clear his time in Houston was over.

“One heck of an opportunity #texannation I appreciate everything and the opportunity and memories!! It’s time for a new chapter and the defining moment of my career!! So long#HOUSTONTEXANS.”

Swearinger, 23, is a former second round pick of the Texans out of South Carolina back in 2013. He still has two years remaining on his four-year, $3.49 million rookie contract, which includes base salaries of $722,390 and $881,085 over the next two years.

In 2014, Swearinger appeared in all 16 games for the Texans and recorded 74 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, a recovery and six pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 78 safety out of 87 qualifying players.