Some of the top cornerbacks in the NFL have gotten long-term deals from their teams over the last couple of days.
Richard Sherman received a four-year extension with the Seattle Seahawks and Joe Haden got a six-year deal from the Cleveland Browns. So where does that leave Prince Amukamara, who had his 2015 option in his deal picked up at the beginning of the month? He decided to make light of his contract situation with the media on Tuesday.
"You know, the Giants are actually working on a deal that would blow away what Richard Sherman (four-year, $57.4 million) and Joe Haden (six-year, $74.678 million) just got," he said. Then he burst out laughing. "I'm kidding. I'm so funny."
The Giants did shell out money to land a top-tier corner this offseason; Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie got a five-year, $35 million deal back in March and has already been told that he will be the team's number one corner and will shadow opponents top wide receivers in 2014. While Amukamara had by far his best season as a professional, the former 2011 first-round pick still feels that he can improve his game and actually said that he wasn't deserving of the contract extension guys like Haden and Sherman got because he didn't give the team a return on their investment on him yet.
"Nothing beyond that," Amukamara said tonight at the United Way Gridiron Gala. "I don't expect them to. I don't think I really gave them a return on their investment yet. And with that being said, I plan on this year being a huge year for me. I'm just focused on playing ball."
Amukamara knows that if he wants to get paid like Sherman, Haden or even Rodgers-Cromartie, he'll have to continue to elevate his game and prove to the league and to his team that he's worth such an extension. As long as Amukamara continues to give the Giants the kind of effort and play they saw in 2013 during the 2014 season, there should be no reason why they won't lock him up to a long-term deal that makes him one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL.
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