Raiders add cornerback aid with signing of Prince Amukamara’s former top pick, report says


Prince Amukamara accepted the conditions with the Las Vegas Raiders, according to Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Veteran cornerback and former first round pick, Amukamara was on the market after being released by the Bears on February 21.

Amukamara, who turns 31 on June 6, spent his first five seasons with the Giants before a one-season layover with the Jaguars in 2016. He spent the last three seasons in Chicago, helping the Bears secure a spot in playoffs in 2018..

In 113 regular-season career games, the 6-foot, 206-pound Amukamara has 10 interceptions (returning one for a score in 2018), 78 defensive assists, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. After matching her career record with three interceptions in 2018, Amukamara did not record an interception last season. In 15 starts, Amukamara managed to break down 10 assists while recording 53 tackles for the Bears, who cut him to free up space.

To help replace Amukamara, the Bears selected Utah cornerback Jaylon Johnson with the 50th overall draft pick. Chicago, which finished ninth in the last yard’s rushing yards last season, also made a fifth round pick on Georgia Southern Kindle Vildor’s cornerback.

In Las Vegas, Amukamara joins a defensive backfield that includes rookie Damon Arnette, Trayvon Mullen, Lamarcus Joyner, Johnathan Abram and Damarious Randall. The addition of Amukamara fills the Raiders’ reported need for a veteran presence in their defense.

The Raiders are entering a 2019 season that saw them finish 24th in the NFL in scoring, 25th in authorized passing yards, 27th in authorized touchdown passes and 29th in interceptions. Las Vegas plays in an AFC West division that includes defending Super Bowl player Patrick Mahomes, second-year quarterback Drew Lock and rookie Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, although Los Angeles is expected to start the season. year with veteran Tyrod Taylor under the center.

Las Vegas, a team looking for their first playoff appearance since 2002, ended the 2019 season with a 7-9 record after starting 6-4.


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