3:03pm: The Texans have released Swearinger, tweets John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
8:28am: The Texans and safety D.J. Swearinger are on the cusp of officially parting ways. Swearinger wrote on Instagram early Monday morning that “It’s time for a new chapter,” but it’s unclear as of now whether the Texans have found a trading partner for the 23-year-old or if they will release him.
It was reported last month that Houston was trying to trade Swearinger, on whom it used a second-round pick in 2013. Swearinger, who totaled 145 tackles and three interceptions in 22 starts during the first two years of his career, struggled mightily last season. Pro Football Focus (subscription required) ranked him 78th out of 87 qualifying safeties after he allowed opposing quarterbacks a 99.2 passer rating against him.
Swearinger’s contract currently includes roughly $460k in dead money and cap numbers under $1MM for the next two seasons.