Redskins release D.J. Swearinger after critical comments on defensive coordinator

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On Monday, Swearinger announced on the Grant & Danny radio show that Gruden called him into his office and released him earlier on Monday morning.

"Yeah, repeat offences. I've had many talks with him before", Gruden said.

Of course, Swearinger wasn't out of work long. But Redskins coach Jay Gruden said this week that Swearinger had been asked multiple times to temper his criticisms of the team and coaches prior to Monday's move.

Washington Redskins free safety D.J. Swearinger (36) celebrates after a failed fourth down conversion by the Carolina Panthers in the final minute of the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. So I can only put my heart in this s--, dog. and give them what I can give them.

"I felt like we should have been more aggressive", Swearinger said after Saturday's game. The former 2013 second round pick has looked pretty darn good this year.

September 9, 2017: Swearinger makes his regular-season debut for the Redskins, recording five solo tackles and one pass deflection in the team's 30-17 loss to the Eagles. Swearinger said he learned his lesson about criticizing coaches, which cost him his job in Washington.

Swearinger had made significant contributions to the Washington defence.

January 1, 2018: A fay after-season ending loss, Swearinger criticizes how teammates and staff handled a rash of injuries that plagued the Redskins' season. "I don't know him personally, but I like his play, having scouted him and going against him". He was selected as an alternate to the Pro Bowl. Swearinger played four games for Arizona in 2015 and was with the Cardinals the entire 2016 season, finishing with three interceptions, 64 tackles and two sacks. On Christmas Day Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Arizona Cardinals have claimed the veteran defensive piece off waivers. We'll soon know what direction this organization is heading in once the 2018 season comes to a close.

Hopefully, the Redskins will continue to purge players, coaches, and executives that continue to underperform or become distractions.