Prince Amukamara will be a Giant in 2015. A highly-paid Giant.
The team exercised the fifth-year option on the contract of their 2011 first-round pick on Thursday. That will give the cornerback a base salary of just under $7 million for the final year of his rookie contract, although the Giants are free to negotiate a long-term deal with Amukamara that would absorb that money. The deadline to accept or decline the option, which all 2011 first-round picks have in their contracts, was this Saturday. The salary will be guaranteed if Amukamara is on the roster at the start of the league year next March.
The only player on the Giants' books for 2015 with a higher base salary than the one Amukamara is now scheduled to receive is Eli Manning with $17 million.
Amukamara was expected to be the team's top cornerback this season until the Giants added Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as a free agent this offseason. The Giants also signed cornerback Walter Thurmond to add depth in the secondary.
Amukamara said last week that he'd have been disappointed if the Giants did not pick up the option.