The Cardinals signed Amukamara to the practice squad Tuesday. Amukamara failed to make the final roster in Las Vegas during training camp after starting for the Bears over the last three seasons and racking up 29 pass breakups and three interceptions. He's finally found a new team after visiting with the Cardinals last week. The Cardinals' secondary has actually been decent, allowing 222.4 passing yards per game -- the fifth-best rate in the league. Nevertheless, Amukamara should have a chance to climb the depth chart in Arizona.
Amukamara is expected to visit and sign with the Cardinals in coming days, per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. Amukamara was cut loose by the Raiders before the season began after failing to earn a spot on the team's 53-man roster. The 31-year-old was productive in his time with the Bears over the past three seasons, logging 167 tackles (146 solo), three interceptions and three forced fumbles in 44 games. With Dre Kirkpatrick (calf) missing practice time, Amukamara could step into the lineup once he's in the fold.
Amukamara was released by the Raiders on Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. The 31-year-old cornerback has 99 NFL starts to his name, including 42 for Chicago the past three seasons. He's never been the best at producing turnovers, but his work in coverage has typically been solid. The Raiders apparently weren't impressed with what they saw in training camp, cutting Amukamara loose less than four months after they signed him to a one-year contract. Trayvon Mullen and rookie first-round pick Damon Arnette look like the favorites to start at cornerback in Las Vegas.
Amukamara and the Raiders agreed to terms on a contract Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Amukamara started 42 of his 44 games for Chicago the past three seasons, peaking in 2018 with 66 tackles, 12 pass breakups and three interceptions. His stats dropped off last year, but Amukamara remained solid from a coverage standpoint, allowing 7.8 yards per pass attempt while earning Pro Football Focus' No. 43 grade among 112 qualified cornerbacks. He'll turn 31 in June, making him the elder statesman of a cornerback group that includes 2019 second-round pick Trayvon Mullen, 2020 first-round pick Damon Arnette and 29-year-old slot man Lamarcus Joyner.
The Bears released Amukamara on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Amukamara started 42 games the past three years in Chicago, averaging 55.7 tackles, 9.7 pass defenses and one interception per season. He arguably took a step back in 2019, but he still finished 41st among 113 qualified cornerbacks in PFF's grading. Amukamara will turn 31 in June and should be able to find another starting job.
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