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David Amerson signs with Chiefs; 49ers were reportedly interested

A cornerback is off the market, and that’s important to the 49ers.

The Kansas City Chiefs signed cornerback David Amerson to a one-year, $2.25 million deal, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. The Oakland Raiders released Amerson on Feb. 5, clearing upwards of $6 million in cap space, and it’s relevant to the San Francisco 49ers for a number of reasons.

The first is that they desperately need a starting cornerback. The second is that the 49ers were interested in Amerson after his release, according to a report from Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

Ahkello Witherspoon showed enough to earn one of the starting cornerback roles going into 2018, and K’Waun Williams is pretty solid at nickel. But Dontae Johnson was awful in 2017, and the 49ers have a big need at cornerback. I don’t think Amerson would have filled that need so much, so for me, it’s not a huge loss.

But the team was at least interested in him, and seeing a player at a position of need go off the market is always a little bit unnerving. The 49ers have to add a capable cornerback, it’s one of the most important positions in football. I imagine people here would have been disappointed with only Amerson, but he sure would have helped.