D.J. Swearinger is not happy with the Kendall Fuller trade

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Washington might have solved a long-standing problem by finding a quarterback to commit to them for more than one year.

But they’ve also created another one, weakening their secondary and apparently angering teammates by sending cornerback Kendall Fuller to Kansas City along with a third-round pick for quarterback Alex Smith.

After registering his initial displeasure last night, Safety D.J. Swearinger came back this morning and started a little Twitter rant with a barnyard epithet for the deal, and then openly criticized dealing Fuller away.

“People say they wanna win right but you throw away your best defender!?!?,” Swearinger wrote. “Somebody you can set a standard with?!?! #Defense will win championships!!”

He needed more than 280 characters, so he continued: “And We Took a Major Step down from the best slot corner In The Game!! No disrespect to nobody on my squad or coming to my squad but we basically took a step backwards by giving away @KeFu11er who graded 90 overall which is Elite and hard too do!!! Smh 🤦‍♂️

Fuller excelled as an inside defender, but any General Manager given a choice between a qualified nickel or a qualified quarterback is going to pick the quarterback every time. Swearinger obviously doesn’t see it that way.

28 responses to “D.J. Swearinger is not happy with the Kendall Fuller trade

  1. It was a trade I approved of, until Kendall Fuller was part of it.

    He’s a blue chipper.

    One thing is definitely for sure, the Redskins were smart not to give in to Kurt The Choker Cousins. How fitting that his last throw as a Redskin was a pick to lose the game. Once a loser, always a loser!

  2. Lots of ways to win games and the honest truth is an above avg QB will win you many more games than the best corner in the game. Ask Champ Bailey, Deion Sanders, Darelle Revis how many 16-0 seasons they logged. Those type of guys remove the O’s best weapon and than an above avg QB like Smith will put up numbers going to options 2, 3, 4, 5 & in his case also using his legs to run.

  3. an above avg QB will win you many more games than the best corner in the game. Ask Champ Bailey, Deion Sanders, Darelle Revis how many 16-0 seasons they logged.
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    Terrific. Now make your list of “above average QB’s” that have gone 16-0. I’m super excited to read your list once you get that finished. Thanks in advance.

  4. Sure, you’d take a QB over an CB, all else being equal. But all else isn’t equal. Fuller was a young, developing, CHEAP cornerback, while Smith is an average (and overrated), expensive, aging QB whom the team is now committed to for years.

  5. Horrible trade. Reid fleeces the Redskins again. Redskins had a home grown talent in Fuller on a 700k rookie contract, they then give up a valuable 3rd rounder that doesnt hurt the cap and save what? About 5 mill in cap? And what does it cost to fill the huge whole they just created in their D for another of Reids aging QB’s? Stinks. Young and cheap talent for an old geezer.

  6. logicalvoicesays says:

    January 31, 2018 at 9:21 am

    It was a trade I approved of, until Kendall Fuller was part of it.

    He’s a blue chipper.

    One thing is definitely for sure, the Redskins were smart not to give in to Kurt The Choker Cousins. How fitting that his last throw as a Redskin was a pick to lose the game. Once a loser, always a loser!
    ——————–
    But still, COUSINS > RGIII

  7. He wouldn’t be making that comment if he knew what it was like with a below average QB. Kirk isn’t elite but the other side of the scale kills teams.

  8. Philly Voice’s Jimmy Kempski says “It feels a lot like a panic move that should keep them mired in mediocrity.”

    Meanwhile, the Eagles are in the Super Bowl…

  9. This is how the Redskins roll. But let’s not act as if DJ is this great talent evaluator. Hell, the few Redskins games I napped through it always looked like he was chasing a bus, always behind the receiver. Guys been on like 4 teams in 5 years. But he has social media for the attention he craves.

  10. I wonder if it has dawned on DJ that the Redskins may have tried to trade him first but KC didn’t want him?

  11. mrkbuilders says:
    January 31, 2018 at 9:32 am
    Lots of ways to win games and the honest truth is an above avg QB will win you many more games than the best corner in the game. Ask Champ Bailey, Deion Sanders, Darelle Revis how many 16-0 seasons they logged. Those type of guys remove the O’s best weapon and than an above avg QB like Smith will put up numbers going to options 2, 3, 4, 5 & in his case also using his legs to run.
    ____________________________________________________________________________________

    Great example with Champ Bailey. He was so good he almost won NFL MVP as a corner in 2005. Darell Revis level dominance but did it for a lot longer, and Denver was generally very average with him. Take the Quarterback

  12. In essence, the Chiefs got back their 1st rounder they lost in the Mahomes trade by getting Fuller. But in this case thry git surefire starter that doesn’t carry the “how will he play on Sunday’s” unknown.

    Chiefs were trading Smith either, in amazed they got a guy as talented as Fuller in return. I was just hoping for a 2nd rounder, which also carries the “I hope he can play” tag.

  13. The players know how one sided this trade was. As a Chiefs fan, it’s nice to be the ones fleecing a team, instead of being fleeced.

  14. Swearinger is never happy about anything. Every time his team lost this season he was throwing guys under the bus. Always complaining that the team didn’t practice hard or they weren’t as prepared as they should be, or blah, blah, blah.

  15. There was just too many other options out there to pull the trigger on this at this time. Why not wait and see if he becomes a free agent and at a cheaper price. If that doesn’t materialize there are at least 2 soon to be free agents on the Vikings roster as well as a few other options that may develop or keep Cousins. Definitely a panic move.

  16. Am i missing something? Alex smith makes more then what the redskins paid cousins these last two years. Alex has no vertical threat downfield and keeps getting replaced. Why on earth did you no just give cousins that kind of money in the past and keep one of your young great players?

    What direction is washington going in? They’re giving away players for the future but yet dont have the talent to win right away….

  17. “700levelvet says:January 31, 2018 at 10:44 am
    This is how the Redskins roll. But let’s not act as if DJ is this great talent evaluator. Hell, the few Redskins games I napped through it always looked like he was chasing a bus, always behind the receiver.”

    You gotta love literal armchair critics. Some posters claim to be better evaluators of talent from their armchair than a player playing at the highest level of his sport, sees and talks to other players and coaches on a daily basis. SMH

  18. The head coach, GM and even Snyder should invite Swearinger to a meeting to in order to discuss his comments. He has no guaranteed money for 2018. He would have been better not throwing his temper tantrum on social media. In fact, he would have been better not throwing a temper tantrum at all. It’s not like he’s a big-time star. I think teams need to send a message to players like this–run your mouth and get cut. Is it fair? No. But, Swearinger isn’t running the team. He’s a player. Players should play and leave running the club to the front office.

  19. YES!!! Lets leave the running of the front office to the PROFESSIONALS… LOL, SMH… mired in mediocrity. I didn’t think I could lose MORE interest in the Redskins but hey, they can keep the name, that means something right??! Winning OFF the field…LOL, SMH…

  20. Sounds like Swearinger, who has no guaranteed money next year, might want out upon seeing what the front office will do to its secondary. I think everyone is missing two points:

    1. Swearinger can’t come out and say that Kirk Cousins is better or more suited to the Redskins than Alex Smith. It’s one thing to criticize the guys upstairs out of loyalty to a teammate, and it’s another to criticize the guy you’re about to play with.

    2. Swearinger, believe it or not, played pretty well much of the time for the Redskins this year at a position they’ve been bad at for the last few years. He’s also taken charge of the secondary, despite his outburst here. It’s not surprising that someone who’s spent time leading the younger players get ticked at one of them being sent away, especially for a deal he thought was bad.

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