Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger has had some time to think about Washington¡¯s?trade for Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. And Swearinger said this week that the bitterness he?initially felt after learning cornerback Kendall Fuller was headed to Kansas City in the deal is gone.
¡°I¡¯m extremely over it, man,¡± Swearinger told NFL Network¡¯s Andrew Siciliano on?Monday?after enjoying the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities in Los Angeles. ¡°I understand the business is the business. I was a little heated, you know. I didn¡¯t want to see one of my guys that I was in the meeting room with [leave] ¡ª blood, sweat and tears, did a lot of things, a lot of great plays for us. But for the future, our guys, we got what we needed, and the organization handled it the way they needed to handle it. And my hat¡¯s off to the organization. I didn¡¯t handle that the correct way, and we¡¯re moving forward now.¡±
The morning after the trade for Smith was reported, Swearinger?offered his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter.
¡°Never Saw Any Bull¡ª Like This In My Life!!¡± Swearinger wrote in a since-deleted tweet. ¡°People say they wanna win right but you throw away your best defender!?!?¡±
Swearinger told Siciliano he wasn¡¯t the only Redskins player disappointed to see Fuller depart but called it a ¡°blessing in disguise¡± and added that ¡°everything happens for a reason.¡±
¡°I don¡¯t know what Alex?[from] a leadership standpoint brings, but I hear he is a great player,¡± Swearinger said. ¡°I see he is a great player. He¡¯s done a lot of great things in this league. A Pro Bowl guy, and I can¡¯t wait to get with him and get some championships going.¡±
During a?subsequent interview with Lindsay Rhodes on NFL Network¡¯s ¡°Total Access,¡± Swearinger suggested that the 23-year-old Fuller was headed for big things after receiving the second-highest grade from Pro Football Focus among corners who primarily lined up in the slot last season.
¡°To?see a young guy that can grow to be one of the best guys, one of the best DBs in this league, to see him walk away, it kind of hurt me a lot,¡± Swearinger said?Monday. ¡°But when I sat down and understood the business part of things, I understood it and I¡¯m happy for Kendall, happy for Alex, happy for this organization and ready to get to winning.¡±
Rhodes asked whether Redskins players felt the same?sort of regret?about losing quarterback Kirk Cousins, who?has almost certainly played his last game for Washington.
¡°Um,¡± Swearinger said, pausing to gather his thoughts. ¡°Yes, but I think it¡¯s so up in the air. We knew something was likely to happen, whether we feel the vibe or whether they felt the vibe, whether he wanted to come back or not. I just think it was like almost the elephant in the room with that situation. But now that we got a quarterback in Alex Smith, we can move forward and try to make our team better.¡±
Swearinger told Siciliano he believes Cousins, who is expected to become an unrestricted free agent next month, will end up in Denver.
¡°With the situation they have out there on defense, they¡¯re missing their quarterback,¡± he said. ¡°Kirk is a great quarterback. I wish we could¡¯ve had different things on that, but the business is the business.¡±
Rhodes also asked Swearinger about Redskins safety Su¡¯a Cravens, who left the team before the start of last season and was placed on the reserve/left squad list before being officially reinstated by the NFL last week.?It¡¯s unclear whether the Redskins will welcome Cravens back or attempt to trade him.?While?Mason Foster and Junior Galette?have said they would?support a reunion with Cravens, Swearinger said he would first like to hear Cravens¡¯s explanation for leaving the team.
¡°As a player, as a competitor, you want to see a guy put in the work that you put in as well, so there¡¯s no ifs, ands or buts about it: Do you love the game or not?¡± Swearinger said. ¡°But whatever the case was with his situation, whether it¡¯s off-the-field issues or whether it¡¯s mental, as a player I can understand it if I hear it from him. But just a guy that loves the game and plays the game with the passion I do, I just have to have an explanation on why. . . . That¡¯s something I would like to know, the full truth behind it. Because we don¡¯t play this game for long as NFL players. If you really love the game, you would be out there trying to do your best for the game.¡±
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