Raiders release starting cornerback Amerson
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By Paul GutierrezESPN Staff Writer

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders released veteran cornerback David Amerson on Monday, saving some $6 million against the salary cap with no dead money involved.

Amerson, 26, played in just six games (all starts) last season and missed the final eight because of a foot injury. He made 33 starts in all for the Raiders in three seasons, intercepting six passes with 46 passes defensed.

He had signed a four-year contract extension before the 2016 season. Amerson's $5.5 million base salary for 2018 would have become guaranteed if he were on the team's roster Wednesday.

Monday was the first day teams could begin releasing veterans ahead of the 2018 season.

A prime candidate to be cut this offseason, Amerson was asked before the season finale if he expected to return to Oakland in 2018.

"I don't know, man," Amerson told ESPN on Dec. 27. "You never know with this league. You never know. It's all about: What have you done for me lately?"

And with how poorly his season went in Oakland?

"That's what I'm saying," he said.

Still, Amerson, a former second-round pick of Washington who was claimed off waivers by the Raiders in 2015, hoped to...

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