- Houston also signed RB Mack Brown, S Corey Moore, T Joseph Treadwell from rookie minicamp, according to Brian T. Smith.
- The Texans placed G Jake Cotton and DE James Rouse on waivers (injured).
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Swearinger will free up $492,608 in available cap space while creating $459,564 in dead money.
Swearinger posted a goodbye to the Texans on his Instagram account Monday.
“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.”
Previous reports have said that the Texans were trying to trade Swearinger, so this news doesn’t come as a complete surprise. Houston could still try to see if anyone is willing to part with some sort of draft compensation in return for the young safety, but it sounds like the Texans are willing to release if there are no takers.
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.