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Former Cardinals DB D.J. Swearinger claimed by the Arizona Cardinals for Christmas

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The recently released Redskins safety sends out a message that he’s been claimed by the Cardinals

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Well, Santa certainly didn’t fail to deliver for Cardinals fans this Christmas.

A few days after making some very controversial complaints calling out his own coaching staff for bad decisions in public, former Cardinals Safety D.J. Swearinger was released by the Washington Redskins.

Swearinger replaced Tyrann Mathieu after his ACL was torn in 2015 and started 12 games in the 2016 NFL season before taking a contract to sign with the Washington Redskins.

Part of the reason, it was reported, for Arizona letting him walk was that they didn’t feel he was a great locker room guy...and clearly someone willing to publicly criticize his own coaching staff seems to fit the bill there.

However, he’s back now in the desert.

Earlier today, Swearinger sent out on his instagram account that he’s returning to the Arizona Cardinals, who have the first priority in the waiver claim and reportedly claimed him and his deal.

But past ideas about him aside, now he’s back in Arizona and they’ll pick up his contract for the 2019 season as well, filling a potential need at safety.

Swearinger’s playing at a high level, too. Playing in all 15 games this season with 52 tackles, 42 solo and 4 interceptions.

Will Swearinger be a starter for Arizona next season?

With only one game left this season, most likely fans will have to wait until next season for the team to unwrap this pretty familiar present.

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