Monday, the Oakland Raiders released starting cornerback David Amerson. He is set to visit the Chicago Bears on Wednesday, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Free agent CB David Amerson, released yesterday by the #Raiders, is already garnering serious interest. He’s visiting the #Bears tomorrow, source said. Other FA visits are scheduled.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 6, 2018
The Bears two starting cornerbacks from 2017, Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller, are both set to become unrestricted free agents. Chicago will not be able to retain both of these guys and are in need of finding a starting cornerback opposite of who they keep, which will most likely be Fuller.
Fuller is the younger of the two, 25-years-old, and has steadily improved in each of his three seasons. He has gone from a 33.8 and 77.3 Pro Football Focus player grade in his first two seasons, respectively, to a career-best 84.3 rating last season.
If Amerson is signed, it increases the odds considerably that Amukamara will be finding a new team in 2018. And that is great news for the Raiders who are desperately in the market for a new starting cornerback tandem for the upcoming season.
TJ Carrie is also expected to test free agency, per Bill Williamson, meaning there is a good possibility that the team’s best corner from a year ago will not be back in addition to Amerson.
Oakland could continue the overhaul of the defense by releasing Sean Smith. If that is the case, then Gareon Conley and Dexter McDonald would be the only cornerbacks left on the roster from 2017.
Amukamara would be a smart signing for the Raiders as he is a solid No. 2 caliber cornerback that would bring much needed depth to the cornerback room.
All in all, Amerson getting interest from the Bears is great news for Oakland. The more free agent cornerback options on the market the better.