When the Cardinals lost safety D.J. Swearinger to free agency after the 2016 season, it was in part because a team like the Washington Redskins were willing to offer a contract the Cardinals would not. Swearinger said he learned his lesson about criticizing coaches, which cost him his job in Washington. They're going to go backside every time. I feel like that was a frightful call. When you go one high on a backup quarterback, that's easy, man. "I think it was a frightful call, but I feel like you don't put Fabian in that situation with a backup quarterback". I guess we didn't make the plays.
Swearinger joked if ended up playing in the game he might try to wear a SC jersey and helmet.
Despite saying he was happy to be back in Arizona while adding it felt "weird", Swearinger said Christmas was tough.
"I don't regret nothing, because I know I gave 100 percent from my heart", Swearinger said on the radio show. "If the coaches feel I'm too smart or a weapon as far as my smarts are concerned. they've got to release the guy that has knowledge or has respect in the locker room, I guess". "It's frustrating, I don't know what to say about it". Sometimes it only takes a player or two to turn things around and the Chiefs could really use someone like Swearinger in their secondary. When asked about a meeting he had that day with head coach Jay Gruden, the safety confirmed that he was released. Unfortunately, he chose to go to the media again and talk about his displeasure with some of the calls. Daniel Sorensen also returned midseason from a fractured leg, so the team might get more from him with each week that he settles back onto the field. That last role is especially valuable in today's National Football League, and Swearinger does it well.
Swearinger was voted as a Pro Bowl alternate this season, with a second straight season with four interceptions.
Swearinger announced his return through an Instagram post. "We are our best on defense when we look at the quarterback". The ball was recovered by Texans tackle Julie'n Davenport (No. 70), but Swearinger made his case as a unsafe player off the edge.