Tuesday May 12th, 2015

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have claimed safety D.J. Swearinger, the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud reports.

Swearinger, 23, played all 16 games in each of the past two seasons for the Houston Texans, compiling 144 tackles and three interceptions. The Texans waived him on Monday.

Swearinger was a second-round draft pick in 2013 after playing four seasons at South Carolina.

Houston selected cornerback Kevin Johnson in the first round of the NFL draft but did not select a safety with any of its seven picks. The team's unofficial depth chart lists Eddie Pleasant as starting strong safety and Rahim Moore as free safety.

Bucs safeties include Major Wright and Bradley McDougald.

Tampa Bay finished 2-14 in 2014 and allowed the eighth most points of any team.

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- Alex Putterman

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