Giants CB Prince Amukamara recently mentioned that there has been no progress between his representatives and the team regarding a long-term contract extension.
“Nothing beyond that,” Amukamara said, via Conor Orr of NJ.com. “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.””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.”
The cornerback market has produced some decent contracts in recent years, which has been topped off by the huge extensions handed out to Richard Sherman and Joe Haden in recent weeks. Amukamara admitted that these contracts have provided some additional incentive put together a great 2014 season.
“How could I not?” he said. “It gets me excited, but I’m more excited about my own performance on the field and helping this team win.”
The Giants somewhat surprisingly picked up Amukamara’s fifth-year option even after they brought in a number of free agent cornerbacks including Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond and Zack Bowman.
New York will owe Amukamara $6.898 million for the 2015 season. However, this figure is guaranteed only for injury and won’t prevent the team from working on a long-term extension that would reduce his salary.
Amukamara, 24, appeared in all 16 games for the Giants last season and totaled 85 tackles, one interception and two forced fumbles.
Pro Football Focus rated Amukamara as the No. 32 cornerback in the league last season and a particularly solid run-defender.