The game of defensive backs carousel between the Raiders and Chiefs continues. Today the Chiefs officially signed former Raiders cornerback David Amerson, a little over a week after the Raiders released him.
The deal is for one year and worth as much as $6 million according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Amerson had been claimed by the Raiders off waivers from Washington early in the 2015 season. He ended that season second in the league in passes defended (29) only to his new teammate, Marcus Peters. That earned Amerson an extension that offseason. He would last two seasons in to that extension before being cut loose.
Defensive backs Joining the Chiefs after being cut by the Raiders is somewhat of a common occurrence in recent years. Tyvon Branch joined the Chiefs in 2015 after two injury shortened seasons in 2013-14. Prior to that, Stanford Routt had been one of the first big cap casualties by Reggie McKenzie and he joined the Chiefs, though he only played 7 games for them.
It isn’t just a one-way street though. The Raiders signed free agent Sean Smith away from KC in 2016. He is due $8.5 million next season with no dead money if cut, so he could be a free agent again this offseason as well.