30 Players in 30 Days: Prince Amukamara

The free agent cornerback could be one of the Giants top priorities to re-sign this offseason.

Player Profile:

 

Prince Amukamara is a cornerback for the New York Giants. Amukamara, 26, was drafted out of Nebraska with the 19th pick in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft. Amukamara will be going into his sixth season with the Giants, although he is currently a free agent. He has established himself as a very good NFL cornerback, and has recorded at least one interception in every season of his career.

 

2015 Highlights:

 

Amukamara had another productive season with the Giants in 2015. Although he missed 5 games due to injury, he was still able to produce when he was on the field. He recorded one interception, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery to go along with 63 total tackles. He also recorded 10 passes defensed. Amukamara was one of the lone bright spots on a Giants defense that consistently got torched by opposing offenses. His numbers do not jump off the page, but he performed fairly well alongside Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie considering the fact that the Giants could not generate a pass rush all season. 

 

Contract Situation:

 

Amukamara is an unrestricted free agent in 2016 after completing his first contract with the Giants that paid him $8.1 million over the last 4 seasons. Amukamara has gone on record saying that he would like to stay with the Giants, but price may be an issue. There are reports that Amukamara is looking to be paid around $10 million annually, a number on the surface that seems steep. It looks as if the Giants are willing to let him test the market, as they already have a solid cornerback in Rodgers-Cromartie to go along with a ton of cap space. The Giants would probably like to keep Amukamara around, but it would be a steep price to pay for the oft-injured cornerback. Amukamara always plays well on the field, but he has played just one 16-game season since being taken in the first round in 2011, and he has missed 13 games the last two seasons due to injury.

 

2016 Outlook:

 

Amukamara’s 2016 outlook remains unknown at the moment. The Giants could elect to solidify the cornerback position and sign Amukamara to a long term deal. They could also look to spend elsewhere with so many other needs and Rodgers-Cromartie already manning down one cornerback spot. The top two teams in available cap space, Oakland and Jacksonville, desperately need secondary help and could be willing to pay Amukamara around what he is looking for. This will be an interesting situation to monitor as it looks to be 50/50 as to whether or not Amukamara will be in a Giants uniform next season. 


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