Raiders sign D.J. Swearinger and Dion Jordan; place Joseph on IR and waive Poling

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ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agents DE Dion Jordan and S D.J. Swearinger, the club announced Saturday.

Swearinger, a 5-foot-10, 205-pound safety, was originally selected in the second round (57th overall) by the Houston Texans in the 2013 NFL Draft. Swearinger spent two seasons with the Texans and has since made stops with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2015), Arizona Cardinals (2015-16, 2019) and Washington Redskins (2017-18). Over his seven-year career, he has appeared in 94 contests and made 70 starts, compiling 383 tackles (292), 4.5 sacks, 14 interceptions, 40 passes defensed, nine forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

Most recently with the Arizona Cardinals in 2019, Swearinger started all four of his appearances and collected 28 tackles (17 solo) and one pass defensed. In 2018, he started in 15 games, the second consecutive season that he started all appearances after starting 16 games in 2017. He totaled 53 stops last year and matched career highs with two sacks, four interceptions, 10 passes defensed and three forced fumbles. Swearinger’s 11 interceptions since 2016 are tied for second-most among NFL safeties.

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.

In corresponding moves, the Raiders placed S Karl Joseph on the Reserve/Injured List and waived LB Quentin Poling.

Joseph started all nine contests for the Raiders this season, compiling 48 stops (37), one interception, three passes defensed and one fumble recovery. In Week 9, he sealed a Raiders victory over Detroit with a pass defensed in the end zone and again clinched a win for the club in Week 10 with an interception in the game’s final seconds against the Chargers.

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