As was to be expected, the New York Giants exercised the fifth-year option of 2011 first-round draft pick Prince Amukamara today, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Doing so has seemingly been a process for most NFL teams and though the Giants voiced uncertainty about whether or not they would exercise Amukamara’s fifth year a week ago, it was presumed likely they would go through with it.
Thanks to the new CBA implemented in 2011, NFL teams have until May 3 to exercise the fifth-year option on the rookie contracts of their first-round picks. If the Giants are unhappy with Amukamara’s performance this season and wish to cut him—unless due to injury—they can, so exercising the option was always a win-win for them.
Amukamara, 24, has been progressively improving since entering the league in 2011. He has proven to be a talented shutdown corner valuable to the Giants’ defense and should only improve with age and experience, especially since he’ll be playing in a secondary that includes former Pro Bowlers Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Antrel Rolle.
According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, Amukamara is estimated to make approximately $7.13 million in 2015 now that the G-Men have exercised his option. It’s possible, however, that Amukamara and the Giants are already in preliminary talks over a new deal that would benefit both sides for 2015 and beyond.
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