Yesterday, the Houston Texans parted with DJ Swearinger after two years where former USC Gamecock struggled "mightily" in his 22 starts in Houston, according to NFL.com. He ranked in the bottom tier of safeties in both 2013 and 2013, 71 out of 86 and 78 out of 87 respectively.
Carolina could use some help at strong safety, and unconfirmed reports state they are a potential landing spot for the hard-hitting and, sometimes, head-hunting safety. The Panthers also have a history of taking a chance on safeties who aren't necessarily atop the PFF rankings.
It's not like Swearinger's struggles can be blamed on the lack of help up front. The Texans pass-rush was relentless last year, which shouldn't have put Swearinger in a position to hold coverage for an abnormal amount of time. Perhaps it was scheme, perhaps it was the use in that scheme, perhaps Swearinger just wasn't all that good. He's known for laying the wood though, and Carolina's safeties aren't. Add him to a secondary group where you Josh Norman and perhaps UDFA Gary Peters, and Dave Gettleman may be able to piece together one of the saltiest secondaries on fly. It seems like a Gettleman like move, piecing discarded parts together to make something fresh and new.