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Tom Coughlin, Prince Amukamara, New York Giants (December 22, 2013)

Tom Coughlin and Prince Amukamara – © USA TODAY Sports Images

New York Giants Pick Up Fifth-Year Option on Prince Amukamara: New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese confirmed on Thursday that the team has picked up the fifth-year option on cornerback Prince Amukamara. The Giants had to determine by Saturday whether or not to pick up this option. If they did not, Amukamara would have become an unrestricted free agent in 2015.

Under Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) option rules for 1st round draft picks, in 2015, Amukamara is now scheduled to receive a salary equal to the average of the top 25 highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL minus the two top-paid corners. That figure is approximately $7 million. The Giants are entitled to renegotiate that figure if Amukamara agrees. They could also cut him next year if they did not want to pay him that amount.

Last week, Amukamara said he would have been a bit insulted if the Giants chose not to pick up the option.

“I would say naturally (I would be insulted), maybe a little bit,” Amukamara said. “But I’ve been hearing this NFL thing is all a business, so I definitely can’t take it personal…Who wouldn’t want the fifth-year option? It shows that the team wants you, and who doesn’t want to feel wanted?”

Regardless of what the Giants chose to do, Amukamara said he had the same goal for 2014.

“I would have the same mindset and the same goals that I do every year,” said Amukamara. “And that is to be the No. 1 corner on this team and the No. 1 corner eventually in the NFL. It’s not going to give me extra motivation or (affect) how I play. Every year I come in being motivated.”

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