UPDATE (Tuesday at 2pm) -- The Raiders on Tuesday announced that they have officially signed cornerback David Amerson to a four-year contract extension.
The Raiders claimed cornerback David Amerson off waivers from Washington last season, and inherited his rookie contract in the process. That was set to expire after the 2016 campaign.
The athletic cover man agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension, a league source confirmed Friday.
Amerson didn’t come cheap. Amerson will signed a contract that pays $38 million over the life of the deal, with nearly $18 million in guaranteed money, according to NFL Network.
After signing Amerson and Sean Smith to four-year contracts this offseason, the Raiders have anchors at cornerback for a long term. That a significant improvement over recent seasons, when they rotated new starters in each season. It also means the Raiders will commit nearly $80 million to outside cornerbacks.
They found a pair that fits their defense, long, athletic corners who can press at the line of scrimmage and make plays on the ball downfield.
Amerson was excellent doing that last season. He had four interceptions and 26 passes defensed as a Raider, which set a franchise record.
Amerson came to Oakland after getting released by Washington after Week 3, concluding a disappointing run the nation’s capitol. The second-round pick from North Carolina State struggled to gain footing there, and was often victimized on deep routes in his Washington tenure.
That Raiders didn’t see much of that during his 14 games in silver and black. He made 12 starts, and proved to be the young ball hawk they’ve been looking for in recent drafts.
Amerson stands 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, with long arms and quick feet that made him difficult to throw at last year. He finished the season with 60 tackles, four picks and a forced fumble, allowing just 56 of his passes to be completed. Passers had a ground-level low 66.3 passer rating against him.
Amerson is an example of the Raiders rewarding their own, something general manager hopes to make a regular thing as years go by. He prefers to draft, develop and pay his own people, and Amerson proved to be a solid fit in the locker room and in the defensive scheme.
He should start opposite Smith in a revamped secondary also featuring new safeties Reggie Nelson and first-round pick Karl Joseph.
The story was first reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.