The Chiefs signed free agent cornerback and former Oakland Raider David Amerson earlier this month, and the exact details of his contract were released on Monday, via NFL insider Adam Caplan.
New #Chiefs CB David Amerson's 1-year deal breakdown: $500k fully gtd (SB), $1m base, $625k in per game RBs, $125k WO=total $2.25m+incentives.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) February 26, 2018
In layman’s terms, the Chiefs aren’t married to Amerson. He has $500,000 fully guaranteed, but he will need to play well in order to make more money.
Re. Amerson, and exactly. How he plays differentiates between making very little (and getting almost nothing moving forward) and making a decent payday and getting a nice contract long-term. Huge incentive to repeat his 2015 season. https://t.co/arriUCtJF6— Seth Keysor (@RealMNchiefsfan) February 26, 2018
This is a very Chiefs-friendly deal that provides Amerson the chance to strike it rich with a long-term contract somewhere next offseason. The Chiefs benefit because Amerson has all the incentive in the world to have the best season of his career.
Our own Seth Keysor reviewed Amerson’s film and came to this conclusion:
“Overall, Amerson is a very cheap flyer on a relatively young player who has shown he can play well in the NFL. That’s not a bad thing to have, especially on a one-year deal. The last time Amerson was in a contract year he had a great season. Based on what I saw on film, I think there’s every reason to believe he’s fully capable of doing the same in Kansas City. That would amount to very solid corner play from the guy who should be the No. 3 corner, IF Steven Nelson doesn’t beat him out for that spot.”
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Amerson can make up to $6 million. With a strong season, it will be much more than that.