Washington Redskins cornerback David Amerson (39). Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Are the Redskins moving David Amerson to safety?

On the Washington Redskins team page on NFL.com they list David Amerson as a free safety.  Now this could easily be a typo, but if it’s not, could this be a move the Redskins are actually going to make happen?  The Redskins have yet to sign a safety in free agency, and the only move in the secondary they’ve made is to sign cornerback Tracy Porter.

The Redskins depth at cornerback is thin even with Amerson there.  But if he’s moved to safety then the their thin depth becomes even more so.  Minus Amerson, they have DeAngelo Hall, and Porter to go along with two young prospects in Chase Minnifield and Richard Crawford.  But both Minnifield and Crawford have both had trouble staying healthy.

But if Amerson is moved to safety, then this might explain why the Redskins were still attempting to sign free agent corner Brandon Browner in addition to Tracy Porter.  There are still a few good free agent corners out there left unsigned in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond, but they both may have greater interest in other teams.

Now it’s as I said, the listing of David Amerson as a free safety could be a typo, as he’s still listed on the Redskins.com site as a cornerback.  He played well as a rookie at corner, and is projected by many to start there in 2014.  But maybe the Redskins need for a safety outweighs their need for him at corner?

I pondered the question of whether the Redskins were trying to sign Brandon Browner as a safety.  But may it’s the other way around.  They sign another corner and move Amerson to safety.  The Redskins moves over the next few days may determine the answer to this question.

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  • Chris Bressler

    I myself was wondering the very same thing. I remember Shanahan being asked about the rookie during camp. If Amerson was better suited as a FS. Shanahan didn’t disagree but said he felt he could be a CB and they wanted to try him there first since those are tougher holes to fill.

    • http://fanonfiresportswire.com/ Maurice Barksdale

      We’ll see what moves the Redskins end up making, but this might be the reason they haven’t pushed too hard to sign a safety. Amerson might be better a safety than anyone they end up signing.

  • Adam Banig

    I always felt he was a better FS prospect than corner prospect. I hope they make the move.

    Also, there are a lot of corners available in the draft and not as many good free safety prospects.

    I’d rather see the Skins draft a nickel corner in rounds 3 or 4 and move Amerson to FS

    • http://fanonfiresportswire.com/ Maurice Barksdale

      If the Redskins can’t sign another corner in free agency to replace Amerson, then they may not be able to move him, even if they draft someone. What do you think about Ryan Clark? Do you think the Redskins should sing him?

      • Adam Banig

        I think the Redskins should sign Clark because we need a veteran leader for our young secondary players. We have a lot of young talent with Gumbs, Rambo, Robinson and Thomas, but there is no leadership back there for them. Clark demands respect from young players, he will tell them what they need to do to become valuable starters in the NFL. He will tell them how important being a good special teams player is for making a name for yourself in the NFL.

        He’s been there and done that, so he speaks from experience.

        As for the corner position if Amerson transitions to safety, there is also the draft. There are a lot of talented corners in the mid rounds of the draft, but there are aren’t as many safeties.