The Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed D.J. Swearinger off waivers Tuesday, continuing their overhaul of the team’s secondary. Swearinger was waived by the Houston Texans on Monday but immediately found himself with a new team where he’s expected to battle for a starting position.
The Bucs confirmed the addition on their official website and also announced that they have claimed former Chicago Bears linebacker Khaseem Greene and signed three of their picks from the 2015 NFL Draft -- linebacker Kwon Alexander, wide receiver Kenny Bell and fullback Joey Iosefa.
Swearinger was appreciative of the Bucs’ move to acquire him and shared his thoughts on Twitter.
— DJ Swearinger (@JungleBoi_Swagg) May 12, 2015
Swearinger is a candidate for a starter role and is seen as a good fit alongside Chris Conte in the other safety position. Both will battle for playing time against safeties Bradley McDougald, Major Wright and Keith Tandy.
Swearinger, who was a second round pick by the Texans in the 2013 NFL Draft or the 57th overall pick, logged 145 tackles, 10 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and three interceptions in two seasons with the Texans. Both Swearinger and Conte have had subpar seasons with their respective former teams either on the field or injuries but will have immediately have a chance to prove their worth in the league with the Buccaneers.
The Bucs have already signed No. 1 pick Jameis Winston and are expected to sign other rookie linemen Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet before training camp opens in two months.
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