Swearinger announced that he had been cut by the team on 106.7 The Fan Monday morning. The sixth-year player, who has 14 interceptions in 90 career games, criticized the team’s defensive scheme following a 25-16 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Saturday. Tennessee won despite trailing at the half and losing starting quarterback Marcus Mariota to injury late in the second quarter.
“If I’m the D-coordinator, I’m calling zone every time on third down because you got a backup quarterback. Make him beat us,” said Swearinger. “We were playing a backup quarterback. Why would you put us in man-to-man? We are our best on defense when we look at the quarterback.”
Swearinger, 27, has played the last two seasons in Burgundy and Gold and was in the second year of a three-year deal, during which he has started all 31 games thus far. With Ha Ha Clinton-Dix also headed for free agency after the season, Washington may need to replace both starting safeties heading into next year.