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Tampa Bay Bucaneers waive D.J. Swearinger, Ravens could be interested

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Bucaneers just waived safety D.J. Swearinger and the Ravens could show some interest. Back in May, the Ravens were one of 8 teams that put in a waiver claim on Swearinger, ultimately getting beat out by the Bucs for him. Given that the Ravens are one of the worst teams in the league right now, they have one of the top waiver wire spots, meaning that if they put in a claim for him again, they will be likely to land him.

The 24-year old safety could be a great addition to a Ravens secondary that is continuing to lose players to injury and poor play. With the Ravens waiving Asa Jackson with an injury claim, it will mark the 16th player the Ravens have had to put on IR in 2016 alone. Because of the poor play of safety Kendrick Lewis, the Ravens have begun to push cornerback Lardarius Webb into a safety role, throwing things into an even bigger chaos for the 26th ranked secondary.

Swearinger, at 5-foot-10 and 208 pounds is a natural fit for the safety position and still young enough to where a signing would be a low risk and high reward move. On a Baltimore team that is currently bad, Swearinger could put together a good remainder of the season and be rewarded with a short-term contract from the Ravens. With a likely high first-round draft pick and the health of their players next season, the Ravens could return to a middling or better defense, giving Swearinger a new lease on his football life.

Even though Swearinger was released from the Texans and now the Buccaneers mid-season, he is still a 2nd round pick, having been selected with the 57th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The talent is obviously there, but he needs an attitude adjustment from what we heard out of his time in Houston and maybe time with the hard-nosed head coach John Harbaugh would help him out immensely.

Either way, it seems like a player the Ravens were interested in back in May could be a waiver wire claim away from wearing purple.