BY: ED COLE
TEMPE, Ariz. – After what must have seemed like an eternity for Jaron Brown, Tony Jefferson and D.J. Swearinger, they finally signed their one-year qualifying offers with the Arizona Cardinals for the upcoming season.
Brown played in all 16 games last season for the Cardinals, and had 11 catches for 144 yards, one touchdown and five special teams tackles. Like Jefferson, Brown joined the team in 2013 as an undrafted rookie free agent (Clemson). Brown’s played in all 48 games (two starts) over the past three seasons, and has 44 catches for 513 yards, and four touchdowns to go along with 18 special teams tackles.
Jefferson played in all 16 games (seven starts) last season, and had a career-high 75 tackles (56 solo) last season to go with his two sacks, two interceptions (one returned for touchdown) and three forced fumbles. Since joining Arizona three years ago from the University of Oklahoma, Jefferson’s played in all 48 games (18 starts), and has 165 tackles (136 solo), three sacks, two interceptions and four forced fumbles.
Swearinger played in four games (one start) last season for Arizona. He had eight tackles, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble after being promoted to the active roster on December 8. Swearinger originally signed with the Cardinals’ practice squad on December 1. He came into the NFL with the Houston Texans in the second round (57th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft from the University of South Carolina, and spent his first two seasons with Houston before playing the first seven games of the 2015 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.