The Raiders are signing veteran safety D.J. Swearinger, a source said Friday afternoon. The import comes after the seventh-year pro worked out for the Silver and Black earlier in the week.
The Athletic was first to report the news.
This isn't a luxury signing. It's a necessity after starting strong safety Karl Joseph got hurt in Thursday's 26-24 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Coliseum. He sealed the victory with a leaping interception late in the fourth quarter, but got entangled with Chargers receiver Keenan Allen and had his lower leg rolled in the process. It is believed to be his foot that's hurt, though the team hasn't given a formal diagnosis.
He was scheduled for further testing Friday. There's nothing definitive about his status this season, though the Raiders are concerned that his injury is significant that he could miss extended time -- possibly the rest of the season. Again, nothing is set at this point, but the Raiders are preparing for bad news.
Swearinger could come in and contribute quickly, considering the state of the safety position. The Raiders lost Johnathan Abram in the season opener, and inserted Curtis Riley into the starting lineup for Week 2. Erik Harris replaced him due to ineffectiveness, and it's hard to imagine the Raiders consider him a permanent solution at this point.
Swearinger has an NFL track record. He has 70 starts in 94 professional games while playing for Houston, Arizona and Washington. He played for Raiders head coach Jon Gruden's brother Jay in Washington in 2017 and '18.
He opened this season with Arizona but was cut after four games.
Swearinger had 14 career interceptions, nine forced fumbles and 40 passes defensed. He has experience playing free safety and strong safety, which is a plus considering the Raiders safeties are at times interchangeable.
Source: Raiders signing safety D.J. Swearinger with Karl Joseph injured originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area