The Las Vegas Raiders made an important move on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with veteran NFL cornerback Prince Amukamara on a deal that will improve the team’s depth at the cornerback position.
Amukamara was let go by the Bears earlier this offseason in a cost-cutting move before the final year of his three-year, $27 million contract with the NFC North team. He had started 44 of the team’s past 48 games, establishing himself as a regular in the team’s secondary.
The Massachusetts native will now be tasked with competing for a starting job and adding veteran depth to the Raiders’ roster. The former Bear, Jaguar, and Giant joins a team that is stocked with young talent, but little experience at the position.
Amukamara is expected to compete with Trayvon Mullen and Damon Arnette for a starting position, but might find a hard time competing with the 2020 first round pick and the 2019 second round pick.
Las Vegas, in its first season since its relocation from Oakland to Sin City, will be looking to improve a pass defense that struggled against the pass, allowing over 4,000 yards through the air along with 33 touchdowns and only 9 interceptions.
Amukamara could be an important piece that will help the Raiders accomplish this goal.