The Oakland Raiders made their first roster move since hiring Jon Gruden, electing to release cornerback David Amerson on Monday. The Raiders had signed Amerson to a five-year, $34 million contract extension back in 2016.
Monday marked the start of the 2018 waivers process, and since Amerson is a vested veteran, he immediately became a free agent. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Amerson already has interest, and will first visit with the Chicago Bears.
The San Francisco 49ers have a need at cornerback, and it could make some sense to visit with a big, physical cornerback like Amerson. He stands 6’1, 205 pounds, giving him the kind of size that would into the 49ers defense. There was a reason he was a second round pick.
Of course, there was also a reason he has been released twice in his career. Washington released him early in the 2015 season, and the Raiders were quick to pounce. He had a solid finish to 2015, which netted him the five-year extension in the 2016 offseason. However, inconsistency in 2016 and then injuries throughout 2017 led the Raiders to release him as well.
From a purely physical standpoint, Amerson could be worth a look. He’s unlikely to get a particularly high-paying deal, so from a cap perspective it would make sense. The 49ers need help to go along with Ahkello Witherspoon, but they may also look to sign a big name in free agency or spend big draft capital on the position. For now, Amerson could see a chance to win a job, but the team might also have it in mind that they want to go even bigger at the position.