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Prince Amukamara “Relieved” That New York Giants Picked up His Fifth-Year Option

May 7th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants waited until almost the last possible minute, but ultimately the team decided to exercise Prince Amukamara's fifth-year option on his rookie deal last week, likely keeping the cornerback in blue through the 2015 season for $6.898 million. It also allows the team to negotiate a long-term deal with Prince should they choose, but above all else, it gives the youngster peace of mind going into the 2014 season.

"Definitely relieved. Everyone wants to be wanted, and if they didn't pick up my option it would just show they didn't trust me," Amukamara told the New York Daily News. "I'm not going to lie. It would have hurt a little for them not to pick it up."

Despite his option being picked up, Amukamara is already looking ahead a bit. While most players are anxious to hit free agency and cash in following their rookie deal, Prince seems more tuned to remaining with the Giants — and not just through 2015, but well beyond.

"Of course I was nervous," Amukamara said. "Everyone wants to be a free agent as soon as they can but free agency isn’t always for sure. … The option definitely kind of gives me that security. Definitely kind of gives me that one more year to prove to them I was worth the option or maybe I’m worth a long-term deal, so I guess we’ll see."

Ultimately, Prince says, he would like the security of a long-term deal and to not have to think about/worry about free agency.

"Long-term deals give you security," he added. "But my job is to play and my agent’s job is to handle those things. But I would definitely be lying if I said I wouldn’t want a long-term deal. But I know only I can control that."

In order to get that long-term deal he's hoping for, Amukamara will need to make that leap into elite status that many have been waiting for in recent years. He certainly has it in him and, hopefully, the addition of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will give him the necessary push.

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4 Responses to “Prince Amukamara “Relieved” That New York Giants Picked up His Fifth-Year Option”

  1.  Krow says:

    I think it’s kind of funny that terms like “wanted” and “respect” and “trust” and “relieved” are all just code words for “money”. I’d prefer them to just be honest about it.

    •  Fars says:

      Of course it is the money he wants.

      But I think that guaranteeing money is just the ultimate proof that he is *really*”wanted”, “trusted” etc.

      Words themselves don’t count, it’s the money that validates them.

      Now if he leaves in 2016 for some crap team that pays him 100K more, he either broke up with the organisation (a la Hicks) or it’s only about money.

      Just my 0.02

  2.  Nosh.0 says:

    Begiant and Billy S made some good points last night about Aaron Donald. In fact you guys have convinced me that he would be a good pick for us at 12, where as I previously did not know that much about the kid.

    Norm also makes a good point about the Giants taking a pass rusher, as that is and has always been their philosophy. Taking two OL in the first round back to back years is very un Giants like.

    But, then you stop and think, “peoples jobs are on the line”. And it becomes very clear that we will take 2 OL in the first 3 rounds.

    Here’s JR on Chris Snee.
    “You never know with a guy coming off injuries like he’s had the last couple of years. Chris would probably be the best judge of that, for me. I think Chris will be honest with us, and if he feels like he can’t do it, he’ll definitely let us know. But he’s feeling very good right now, and hopefully he’ll continue to feel good and he’ll be back to help us out.”

    And Pugh
    “We’re just keeping all of our options open. Pugh is one of those guys who can play all over your front. We like the flexibility he brings.”

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york-giants/post/_/id/35974/jerry-reese-on-giants-offensive-line

    In a normal offseason the Giants would probably go DL in the draft. But JR and TC know for a fact that an OL slated to start Beatty, Snee, and Walton will lead to a losing season, a possible Eli injury, and quite a few people losing jobs.

    OL is far and away the biggest hole on the team, there isn’t even a close 2nd. If you don’t agree then you’re either not paying attention or you just underrate the importance of the OL. We are picking an OL unless the 4 OT’s are gone by 12.

  3.  TroyThorne says:

    Yeah, I was surprised to see such disdain for Aaron Donald as he is one of my favorite players in the draft and fulfills a need (pass rusher). His height means nothing to me as he’s proven time and time again that he makes it work. Yes, his height is below average but this idea that it is impossible for a guy to succeed because he’s an inch “too short” is ridiculous. There are always outliers and I believe he will be one of them. Also, like I previously said I think we need a pass rusher and I’m not sold on a lot of the DEs in this draft.

    Martin is a lot like Pugh. Not even talking about skillset really just the fact everyone is so sure that a 4 year starter at LT who has never taken a snap at guard is “guaranteed” to be a better guard at the next level because of his arm length. I’m not saying Martin can’t be a quality guard in the NFL, I just find the parallel kinda amusing.

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