A potential cornerback option for the Kansas City Chiefs is now off the table with the Las Vegas Raiders’ signing of Prince Amukamara.
The list of available free agents at cornerback has shrunk a bit more after Tuesday night with the announcement from NFL reporter Mike Garafolo that Prince Amukamara has agreed to terms with the Las Vegas Raiders.
Amukamara was a popular subject around these parts given his blend of experience, talent, and familiarity in Steve Spagnuolo’s system. He’s been a quality starter for the last nine years in the NFL—the last three of which have been with the heralded Chicago Bears defense—but Amukamara also spent time honing his craft under Spags back with the New York Giants.
If the Kansas City Chiefs were ever going to make a move for a free agent corner to help round out the ranks, Amukamara felt like an ideal fit. Now he’s no longer an option as the Raiders have finally given him a new home.
Certainly the Chiefs have to like the overall youth and potential they’ve developed this offseason, adding L’Jarius Sneed, who general manager Brett Veach insisted was their top Day 3 target overall, and BoPete Keyes, who Veach traded back into this draft to obtain. The downside here is that both players will have no real on-ramp to their professional lives with the quarantine in place and the potential for a truncated NFL schedule.
Charvarius Ward will be one corner the Chiefs can count on, but Bashaud Breeland faces a potential suspension and that was before being arrested in recent weeks. Rashad Fenton and Alex Brown are also part of the equation but there are more unknowns than knowns with this bunch as it stands.
As for the Raiders, Amukamara should be an excellent fit for a team with a young secondary. Damon Arnette was drafted to be the lockdown corner at No. 19 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, a player they want to team with last year’s second round pick Trayvon Mullen. LaMarcus Joyner is, of course, also present as a versatile DB, and Amik Robertson was also selected in this year’s draft. The Raiders look deep at corner with a nice mix of youth and experience.