David Amerson, Raiders Agree to New Contract: Details, Reaction

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Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson (29) runs for a touchdown after intercepting a pass intended for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson (12), during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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The Oakland Raiders and cornerback David Amerson agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $38 million, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on July 15. 

ESPN.com added that Amerson will receive $17.5 million in guarantees. However, on Tuesday, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk broke down the particulars of the deal, especially as it pertains to guaranteed money:

So here’s what it means. Amerson is guaranteed to receive $5.5 million at signing, with rolling injury-only guarantees of $12 million. That’s a total of $17.5 million in generally (not actually) guaranteed money at signing.

The deal itself has a maximum value of $38.38 million. But $4.5 million is tied directly to Amerson making it to the Pro Bowl on the original ballot in each of the next five years.

Later on Tuesday, the Raiders shared a picture of Amerson officially signing the contract:


We have signed cornerback @DavidAmerson1 to a four-year extension. Read: https://t.co/YDwkg5mFWn https://t.co/jJGlWVnVH3

After the Washington Redskins waived him prior to Week 3, Amerson played 14 games for the Raiders last season.

It was a disappointing stint with the Redskins, who selected Amerson in the second round of the 2013 draft. In 33 games, he recorded just two interceptions with 111 total tackles.

Head coach Jay Gruden spoke with Mike Jones of the Washington Post about Amerson's development after the team cut ties with the cornerback in September:

I think he needs to work on consistency. He does show flashes of being an excellent corner. He’s got the size and he’s got all the measurables for a defensive back. But for whatever reason, they don’t always show on a consistent basis when he’s out there. But we feel good about the cornerback depth that we have and we had to use that roster spot.

A change of scenery was all that the 24-year-old needed, though, as the Raiders scooped him up and immediately inserted him into their secondary. 

In 14 games, Amerson recorded four interceptions, one touchdown, 25 pass deflections and 57 total tackles for a defense that featured All-Pro defensive end Khalil Mack.

Amerson's four interceptions were second on the team behind safety Charles Woodson, but his 26 total pass deflections with the Redskins and Raiders tied for first in the NFL with Marcus Peters of the Kansas City Chiefs.

The NFL showed his one touchdown, which was a pick-six against Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith in Week 17:


When David Amerson pick-sixes it, he doesn't go into the end zone quietly. Cue the Deion high step! #OAKvsKC https://t.co/AKvbbrZUmk

Amerson's big season was fueled by his unceremonious ending in Washington, as he told Eddie Paskal of Raiders.com:

I wanted to prove myself and make a name for myself, and make a statement for this organization and for me personally. I always had confidence in myself. With everything that happened in Washington, I just knew once I got another chance, I just knew I had to turn it up a notch and take it to the next level.

Amerson's rookie deal was set to expire after the 2016 season. He was projected to earn just $880,123 this year, per Spotrac.

Following the retirement of Woodson, though, the Raiders locked up Amerson for the long term to ensure that their secondary has a centerpiece to build around and another promising defensive presence alongside Mack.


Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.