The Raiders have made their first significant roster move of the Jon Gruden era, as cornerback David Amerson has been cut.
The Raiders have cut veteran CB David Amerson, per league source.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 5, 2018
Amerson was scheduled to make $5.5 million next season and over $7 million in each of the 2019 and 2020 seasons, per Spotrac.
The Raiders are expected to make a multitude of roster changes to save money. Amerson is likely the first of many off season causalities.
Amerson played in 6 of the Raiders first 7 games before missing the rest of the 2017 season with a foot injury. He did not have an interception and broke up four passes in his shortened season.
The 26-year old had two interceptions in the 2016 season.
Amerson was set to be the fourth-highest paid defensive player for the Raiders. Khalil Mack will make over $13 million this year and could see an extension this offseason. Plus Bruce Irvin carries an $8 million salary for 2018.
Cornerback Sean Smith could be the next on the chopping block, as he is owed $8.25 million next season. Smith was benched early in the season after he couldn’t cover Redskins tight end Vernon Davis.
But Smith rebounded with two interceptions late in the season, as John Pagano got the most out of Smith once defensive coordinator Ken Norton was fired.
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