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Raiders put in waiver claim on DJ Swearinger, lose out to Buccaneers

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Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

As soon as reports surfaced the Texans were going to waive safety DJ Swearinger should they be unable to trade him, it seemed an inevitability the Raiders would be one of the teams to put in a waiver claim for the two-year starter and former second round pick. According to Field Yates, the Raiders were one of 8 teams to put in a waiver claim for him.

Not long after Swearinger's release, the Buccaneers were said to have put in a waiver claim for him. And since Tampa Bay was first in the waiver order, that's where he went. With the Jaguars also putting in a claim for him, the Raiders being fourth in the waiver order had no chance of getting him.

The question on some people's minds is probably 'why, if Swearinger is so good, did the Texans want to rid themselves of him?' As you might suspect, it was his attitude. He was said to be of the mind that he shouldn't have to play special teams. He also had a couple off field incidents including being sued by a body shop after he left without paying, and his dog having bit former number one overall pick, Jedeveon Clowney in the arm, requiring a trip to the emergency room.

Even still, he is a starting safety in the NFL and most other teams will take a chance his issues are behind him and that a change of scenery will do him good. Though I wonder if the Bucs think Tampa is far enough away from Tallahassee (about 250 milles) to straighten out their troubled number one overall pick, Jameis Winston.

When you're the worst team in football, you take on head cases in the hopes it pays off. And when you have an only slightly better record (Jaguars, Raiders), you often join them in taking those chances.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.