Raiders sign D.J. Swearinger and Dion Jordan

With Raiders hurting at safety and defensive end, D.J. Swearinger and Dion Jordan are added to the roster

Washington Redskins free safety D.J. Swearinger sits on the bench in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)
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ALAMEDA — In the wake of injuries to safety Karl Joseph and slot corner Lamarcus Joyner, the Raiders signed veteran safety D.J. Swearinger to a contract Saturday and also announced the addition of defensive end Dion Jordan.

The Raiders and Swearinger reportedly agreed to terms Friday once the club learned of the severity of Joseph’s foot injury sustained on his game-ending interception in a 26-24 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. The Raiders have also been thin at defensive end following the loss of Arden Key to a broken foot and Josh Mauro to a groin injury.

Joseph was placed on injured reserve, ending his season, and the Raiders also waived linebacker Quintin Poling, who was promoted from the practice squad for the Chargers game and played on special teams.

Joyner, who pulled a muscle in coverage two plays before Joseph’s interception, is “week to week” according to a team source.

In his seventh season out of South Carolina, Swearinger, 28,opened this season as a starting free safety for the Arizona Cardinals but was released after four games. He started 31 of 32 games in 2017-18 with Washington with eight of his 14 career interceptions while playing for Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s brother Jay, although he left on less than ideal terms.

Placed on waivers by Washington last December, Swearinger (5-foot-11, 205 pounds) played all but one snap in four games with Arizona before being released.

Swearinger was released following an appearance on a local radio show when he criticized the play-calling of defensive coordinator Greg Manusky in the aftermath of a loss to Tennessee.

“(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 the best I could.”

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

Jordan (6-foot-6, 275 pounds) was the No. 4 overall pick of the draft in 2013 out of Oregon. He was with the Miami Dolphins for two seasons

Jordan was originally a first-round selection (third overall) by the Miami Dolphins in the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent two years with Miami and appeared in 26 games, making one start. Jordan spent the past two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. Over his career, the 6-foot-6, 275-pound defensive end has appeared in 43 games with four starts, recording 77 tackles (58 solo), 8.5 sacks, four passes defensed and two forced fumbles.

While in Miami, Jordan served suspensions of four games in 2014 and the entire season in 2015 for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing drugs. After what appeared to be a promising re-start to his career in Seattle, Jordan had knee surgery and then was hit with a 10-game suspension for his use of the drug Adderall.

Jordan, 29,  has played in 43 games with four starts and 8 1/2 career sacks. Miami selected Jordan in 2013 with a pick acquired from the Raiders, who were originally at No. 3. The Raiders, who got first- and second-round picks in return, drafted cornerback D.J. Hayden and tackle Menelik Watson.


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