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D.J. Swearinger Says Goodbye To Houston Texans

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Earlier this morning, D.J. Swearinger allegedly posted a goodbye statement in his Instagram account. The Houston Texans have not yet made any formal announcements.

A man's gotta eat!
A man's gotta eat!
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Just days leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft, rumors surfaced that the Texans were looking to trade strong safety D.J. Swearinger.  The second round pick from the 2013 NFL Draft was selected by the former Texans coaching regime.  Is it possible that he just isn't a good fit for the new system under head coach Bill O'Brien and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel?  Is there a personality mismatch with the new organization?

Rick Smith offered this comment when asked about the trade rumors just prior to the draft:

"First of all, we make it a practice not to discuss negotiations publically, whether that’s with an agent and a player or with another team with respect to trade opportunities. Those kinds of conversations are happening this time of year. There’s a lot of information and misinformation out there and a lot of conversations that can be construed or interpreted a certain way."

"[Swearinger is] a really good football player for us and he did a nice job last year in a role in our third down packages. He was really, really productive for us and we expect that he will do that again. I think D.J.’s abilities are even such that he can play a little bit more, even in the backend on some of the first and second down stuff. He really found himself a niche last year in some of our sub-packages."

Here is the post from Swearinger's Instagram account in the wee hours this morning:

One heck of an opportunity #texannation I appreciate everything and the opportunity and memories!! It's time for a new chapter and the defining moment of my career!! So long #HOUSTONTEXANS

His official Twitter account @JungleBoi_Swagg has not provided any further details yet, and nothing has been announced by the Texans organization.  There is always the possibility that someone hacked his Instagram account, but that seems unlikely.  I'm sure more details will unfold later today to clear up this somewhat persistent narrative.  We'll keep a keen eye out for more information on this and update you as soon as it is available.

Did the Texans pull off a trade over the weekend involving the young safety?  Will Swearinger, like so many other former Texans, go and enjoy a markedly improved career in another uniform after leaving Houston?  What will Houston get in return?  How will Jadeveon Clowney, Swearinger's former college teammate at South Carolina, and other young players on the Texans react to this news?  Is Bill O'Brien setting a strong tone of accountability and making examples with this particular move?

Share your thoughts to these questions and more in the comments below as we await more details to this developing story.

UPDATED EDITS:

MyFoxHouston included these additional quotes in this article:

Swearinger has been told he will not be back with the Texans, according to multiple sources.

He will be traded or released, but none of that has happened yet.

At the Texas annual Charity Golf Classic at Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Richmond both Texans executive vice president and general manager Rick Smith and head coach Bill O'Brien said Swearinger's status has not changed.

"He's free to post and participate in social media in any way that he likes, he's still on our football team," Smith said.

O'Brien said the same thing about Swearinger.

"He's still on the team," O'Brien said. "He's on our team.

"Right now D.J. is on the team."

O'Brien is not concerned with what Swearinger posted on Instagram.

"Free country."

Smith was asked during his session with the media if he had told Swearinger he would be traded.

"No, I have not told him that," Smith said. "At this point D.J. is still on our team."

Smith also said Swearinger's post on Instagram is "immaterial to anything that could be going on."