The New York Giants exercised their fifth-year player option on CB Prince Amukamara, the team announced Thursday.
The deadline for the Giants is this Saturday, May 3, a provision that was installed in the new CBA which required every 2011 first-round pick to have an automatic player option tacked onto their contract. Amukamara was taken 19th overall in the 2011 draft.
Amukamara's option price tag is likely a little bit north of $7 million, a somewhat steep price for a good yet hardly elite defensive back. Coach Tom Coughlin recently called Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie the team's top defensive back, and under the option, Amukamara would make a bit more than him.
Still, the Giants' decision is only guaranteed against injury until the first day of next season (before it becomes fully guaranteed), so that buys the team more time to either work on a long-term deal or cut him after next year if he doesn't perform up to expectations.
Amukamara started all 16 games last season for New York and had 85 tackles, one interception and 14 pass deflections.
It probably was the right move for the Giants and gives them more security at a historically injury-riddled position.