On Thursday, the New York Giants exercised their option to retain cornerback Prince Amukamara, who will now be under contract for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
According to reports, Amukamara’s salary will likely be around $7 million, based on the average salary of the top 25 highest-paid players at his position. However, the deal is not guaranteed, as the Giants could release Amukamara prior to the 2015 season. At the same time, New York can negotiate a long-term deal with Amukamara as well.
The move to keep Amukamara ensures a deep and talented secondary for the Giants in the coming years. New York signed cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond this offseason. Rodgers-Cromartie will likely be New York’s No. 1 corner and Thurmond will assume the role as the Giants’ nickel corner.
Meanwhile, in his three years on the NFL stage, Amukamara has improved each and every year. Amukamara struggled in his rookie season becoming an easy target for opposing quarterbacks to pick on. However, in the two years since, he has developed into a very sound tackler and cover corner.
Amukamara is probably not quite a No. 1 cornerback yet in this league, but he won’t have to be for the G-Men. New York’s offseason moves have given the Giants defense a number of options to play around with in the team’s secondary. If the secondary is able to stay healthy. it looks like it could easily become New York’s strongest unit on defense.