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2016 NFL free agency: Arizona Cardinals can get 2nd round compensation for D.J. Swearinger

After initial confusion, not much has changed with the safety.

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With the start of free agency, there was a little bit of confusion about the restricted free agent tender the Arizona Cardinals gave safety D.J. Swearinger. The initial report was the Cardinals tendered him and safety Tony Jefferson the same -- worth $1.67 million.

Mike Jurecki reported Wednesday afternoon the Cardinals actually gave him a second round tender, which would pay him more than $2.5 million this season. However, Kent Somer clarified this. It was actually kind of both. Arizona placed an original round tender on Swearinger, who joined the team in December, which is worth the original $1.67 million originally reported. However, because Swearinger was drafted in the second round by the Texans when he entered the league, should a team make an offer to Swearinger and the Cardinals choose not to match it, they would get a second round pick as compensation. turned out to be nothing new and something new all at once.