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Should the 49ers look into free agent cornerback David Amerson?

The 49ers need help opposite Ahkello Witherspoon. Recently released David Amerson could provide competition.

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.