Giants face decision on Prince Amukamara's contract option

Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara practices during training camp. Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara practices during training camp. (July 27, 2013) Photo Credit: James Escher

advertisement | advertise on newsday

One of the last offseason decisions the Giants have to make before next month's draft has nothing to do with the 2014 season. The deadline for the team to decide whether to pick up the fifth-year option on Prince Amukamara's rookie contract -- and pay him around $7 million for the 2015 season -- is May 3.

The Giants may not have made up their mind regarding that decision, but Amukamara clearly hopes they do it.

advertisement | advertise on newsday

"Who wouldn't want the fifth-year option?" the starting cornerback said. "It shows that the team wants you, and who doesn't want to feel wanted?"

Of course there is the flip side. Not picking up the option would not rule out Amukamara's return after this season, but it could lead to him becoming a free agent next winter. Complicating the situation is the long-term addition of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie at cornerback this offseason.

"I've been trained to just worry about the things I can control and I can't really control my contract situation now," Amukamara said. "My goals have always been the same, to be the No. 1 corner on this team and the No. 1 corner in the league. Every year I come into it as if it's a contract year."

Amukamara said he was not insulted by the addition of Rodgers-Cromartie but admitted that he might feel slighted if the Giants decline the option on his contract.

advertisement | advertise on newsday

"Naturally, maybe a little bit," he said. "But then I've been hearing that this NFL thing is all a business, so definitely can't take it personal."

You also may be interested in: