While it remains unclear when football professional football activities will return; one veteran free agent now knows what jersey he’ll don.
The deal isn’t officially done yet; but once it goes through will be yet another move in the Raiders’ secondary reboot. He’s set to join fellow free agents Damarious Randall and Jeff Heath along with draft picks Damon Arnette and Tanner Muse.
The signing also comes after the Raiders attempted to acquire another former Giant in Eli Apple, but the two sides failed to reach an agreement.
He appeared in seven games in his rookie campaign; snagging his first career interception in a Week 11 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. After making 45 starts over five seasons with the Giants, he joined the Jacksonville Jaguars on a one-year contract for 2016.
After an interception-less season in Florida, Amukamara joined his third team in as many seasons; signing another one-year deal with the Chicago Bears. He caught on in Chicago serving as a starting corner for the Bears for three total seasons before his release in February.
His next start will be the 100th of his career but he struggled in 2019; allowing 657 receiving yards and a passer rating of 105.2 when targeted last year.
New Places, Different Faces
Amukamara isn’t the only new player to join the Raiders secondary at its new home in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas signed former Dallas Cowboys safety Jeff Heath to a two-year, eight million dollar deal on March 17; who should slide nicely into a starting spot along side young prospect Johnathan Abram. Heath played in 13 games in 2019, racking up 63 tackles while allowing 31 receptions for 324 yards.
He’s known for his boom-or-bust play style; with an ability to deliver crushing blows battling a tendency to allow the big play.
They also added former Brown Damarious Randall for a single-season, $3.25 million contact on April 2. Randall played 11 games with Cleveland last year defending six passes and recording 2.5 sacks; but missing five games.
On Monday they signed running back Devontae Booker after four years with the Denver Broncos. He was a consistent presence in the Denver backfield during his time in the mile high city; missing just three games. After bursting onto the scene as a rookie in 2016 with career high’s in yards (612) and touchdowns (four).
His numbers have diminished since then, partly thanks to young stud Phillip Lindsey. But he should have a chance to earn a similar role backing up the talented but streaky Alabama product Josh Jacobs.