Cardinals claim D.J. Swearinger after his critical comments led Redskins to release him

The Arizona Cardinals claimed former safety D.J. Swearinger on Tuesday after criticism of the Washington Redskins' defensive coordinator led to his release Monday.

Swearinger broke the news with an Instagram post on Tuesday, writing, "I gave that organization my heart and soul and they spit in my face for giving my opinion only to better the team!!"

He was waived by Washington after criticizing defensive coordinator Greg Manusky in the aftermath of Saturday's loss to the Titans.

"(Redskins coach Jay Gruden) just said it was the third time I've been in his office and we're going to release you," Swearinger said. "And that was that.

"I don't have words for this. … I gave it my all and put my heart into it every single week to the best I could. I guess it says a lot about the organization."

Gruden told the Washington Post, "We just thought it was best for both parties."

Swearinger played 20 games for the Cardinals in 2015-16. He signed with Washington before the 2017 season.

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