Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht said he would use the team’s top position in the pecking order of waiver wire claims to continue to upgrade the talent level over the summer and that’s exactly what he did on Tuesday.
The Buccaneers bolstered their defense by claiming two players off waivers, former Houston safety D.J. Swearinger and former Chicago linebacker Khaseem Greene. Tampa Bay waived safety M.D. Jennings. The Bucs have the first choice at waiver wire claims until Week 3 of the 2015 regular season when it will convert to the team with the worst record at that time.
Swearinger, the Texans’ second-round pick in 2013, is a hard-hitting safety with a nose for the ball. At South Carolina, Swearinger made 244 tackles and had six interceptions, returning three for touchdowns. In his two seasons in Houston, Swearinger notched 145 tackles, broke up 10 passes, forced four fumbles, intercepted three passes and had a sack. Last year in his first year as a full-time starter, Swearinger produced 74 tackles, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and a sack.
The 5-foot-10, 208-pound Swearinger bid his farewell to Houston on social media on Monday prior to the team publicly releasing him. Reported rumors out of Houston suggested that Swearinger didn’t want to play on special teams this season with the Texans.
He joins a secondary that features veterans Bradley McDougald, Chris Conte, Major Wright, Keith Tandy and rookie Chris Hackett, an undrafted free agent out of TCU.
Greene was a fourth-round pick by Chicago in 2013 out of Rutgers where he played for former Bucs head coach Greg Schiano. The 6-foot-1, 241-pound Greene is very athletic and has been a contributor on special teams for the Bears, in addition to seeing some time on defense where he has recorded 45 tackles, one forced fumble and one interception in a reserve role.
Greene joins a linebacking corps that consists of veterans Lavonte David, Bruce Carter, Danny Lansanah, Jason Williams, Larry Dean and Orie Lemon, in addition to rookies Kwon Alexander, the team’s fourth-round pick this year, Jared Koster and Josh Keys.
Greene photo by Getty Images
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I like it…offer up more competition and make everyone better. Still hoping for some OL talent but it’s going pretty good so far
Good signings – I like the way Lovie is building his LB corps but we don’t have a true MLB (LVD, Carter, Lansanah, Alexander, Williams). Swearinger is a knucklehead but a good football player, he should make the final roster if he cleans up his act. Still need some Oline.
Don’t understand why we want a SS who won’t play ST, is a poor tackler (rated something like 50th by PFF last year), and has a bad attitude….Greene I like…I can see him at MLB flying around the field…one out of two ain’t bad!
Way to small to be a Safety. Why are we having so much problems in getting a Safety.
We’ve got big safeties.
SAFETY – 6
35 Hackett, Chris FS 6-2 195 23 R TCU
23 Conte, Chris SS 6-2 203 26 5 California
30 McDougald, Bradley FS 6-1 209 24 2 Kansas
Xx Swearinger, D.J. SS 5-10 208 23 2 South Carolina
37 Tandy, Keith FS 5-10 205 26 3 West Virginia
31 Wright, Major SS 5-11 204 26 5 Florida
Keep your eye on Chris Hackett, this kid is going to be good. And don’t be fooled by size. DJ Swearinger is a real headbanger. Like Goldson, we’re going to have to try and keep him out of Goodell’s doghouse!
And remember, the best safety in the NFL today is Earl Thomas and he is only 5-10, 202 – just plays big. The big helmet splitters like 6-2, 220 John Lynch is from an era gone by! Sorry! I miss him too!
macabee; good points, thanks for the info.
Swearinger’s bio reads like Sabby Piscitelli’s, only with a worse attitude. He’s a bust. Not sure the other guy has much going for him besides being a Lovie project. “Used to be a Bear? C’mon down to Tampa!” Really hard to get excited about anyone who would be getting cut this time of year. Cannon fodder.
1 Sabby was enough!
Catching a primetime Texans game is nearly as hard as finding one for the Bucs so I’ve never really watched Swearinger play. As a Buc I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt until he proves otherwise. Greene I see as more of a ST guy for us. I don’t think he’s a better LB than anyone else we have on the team already.
Generally agree with russmiller. A 2nd round pick that gets waived in his 2nd year is a clue. Swearinger is more of a knucklehead than a bust. He’s just as likely to have a big play as he is to not wrap up a tackle or blow a coverage.
This is a “no harm, no fault” pick-up. He is dirt cheap and has talent (2nd round pick). The success of this pick will depend on coaching and how receptive he is to it. If not, then he’s gone – and didn’t cost anything – no harm, no fault!
Well said. There is no risk here. Relax guys.
We are good at acquiring knuckleheads.
These two additions add talent to the roster and greatly help STs. I wont judge Swearinger bc it didnt work out with the Texans i’ll just hope he learned something is willing to come in and do what it takes to help this team. Could be a steal if he figures it out and gets comfortable in this scheme. Greene will immediately upgrade STs and our depth at LB, great low risk high reward signings.
As a resident of Indianapolis, I have watched the Houston Texans and DJ Swearinger compete against the Colts the past two seasons. He is a talent. You have to remember that there is a new coaching staff in Houston that inherited him last year. He’s just not their guy. Tampa did the same thing with DE Michael Bennett and he turned into a great player for the Seahawks.
I have no problem bring everyone in for a shot. It should not take long to determine if they are worth keeping.
Having first dibs on waived players is an advantage we have until Week 3 in the season. We better not have the advantage in Week 4.
I just want to say that Michael Bennett was great in Tampa before he was great for the Seahawks. The Bucs, in their unending quest to save a nickel, decided to give the DE to Bowers because they thought he’d ‘grow’ into it and let Bennett go to free agency after a 9 sack season. Yep, I’m still really bitter about it.
I agree should have kept MB
I can see our team change quite a bit until game 3.
Well it seems that most of the bucs starting positions are locked up or full open to get new players. After I read the Scott Reynold article last week about all the new staff prosonnel everything makes perfectly sense espically if some of these prise rookies that Tampa wanted does hit the waiver wire.And Iam on board with Jameis Winston being the NO#1 pick.Tampa with a little luck with get by and have a decent team now. I was just wndering Buc fans or any of the writers how many mult draft picks or hown mant future picks Tampa has for 2016.Go Bucs
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