Ravens, Steelers among eight teams to put in waiver claim for D.J. Swearinger

The Baltimore Ravens were one of eight teams to put in a waiver claim for D.J. Swearinger this week, according to ESPN's Field Yates. Swearinger, a 2013 second-round pick by the Houston Texans, was awarded to Tampa Bay because the Buccaneers had first priority.

This isn't surprising considering safety remains one of the Ravens' thinnest positions. Behind starters Kendrick Lewis and Will Hill, the Ravens have a long list of unproven backups in Matt Elam (who is trying to rebound from a disappointing 2014 season), Terrence Brooks (who is expected to start the season on the physically unable to perform list), Brynden Trawick, Anthony Levine and undrafted rookie Nick Perry.

It might have been for the best that the Ravens didn't get Swearinger. He has natural skills, but quickly fell out of favor in Houston. One problem was his lack of desire to play special teams, which wouldn't have gone well with a former special teams coach like John Harbaugh.

The other teams that put in a waiver claim for Swearinger were Jacksonville, Oakland, New York Jets, Atlanta, Buffalo and Pittsburgh. The Ravens ranked behind all of those teams in priority.