New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara, who is due to be an unrestricted free agent when the league’s annual free agency period opens at 4 p.m. ET on March 9, said he hopes to return to the Giants, the team that drafted him in the first round in 2011.
“I do hope to be back,” Amukamara told Bruce Murray and Rich Gannon of SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I feel like the organization is a great fit for me, and I do feel like they have expressed an interest.”
However, Amukamara also admitted that at his year-end exit meeting with general manager Jerry Reese, the Giants have no plans to discuss a new contract with the 26 year-old before the start of free agency.
While Amukamara would like to return to the Giants—he said he likes the direction the club is heading in under new head coach Ben McAdoo—the former Nebraska star said he is going to keep his options open.
“My agent told me to be open-minded going into the process, and don’t rule out any teams. You never know what’s going to happen,” Amukamara said.
Last season, Amukamara, playing out the final season of his rookie deal, received $6.898 million as a base salary.
Although he has not publicly indicated what he’s looking to make moving forward, a new contract would almost certainly have to ensure that he is paid like a top cornerback.
Therein lies the conundrum for the Giants. While Amukamara has been a solid player for them since moving into the starting lineup, with the exception of one season (2013), he has missed chunks of seasons due to injuries, including 13 games over the last two years due to upper body ailments.
While Amukamara didn’t use his injuries as an excuse, he did point out that things could have been worse.
“I do have that injury bug attached to me, but it’s all fluke injuries,” he said.
“My first year I broke my foot and the last two years I tore a biceps tendon and a pectoral tendon. So I’m thankful that those injuries aren’t as severe as like a knee or anything major like that.”
When he has been on the field, Amukamara said he’s been generally pleased with what he’s put on tape for the league to see.
“I think my film is great enough to put me in position to be one of the corners to be picked up,” he said.
The 26-year-old Amukamara stressed that while money wasn’t the lone deciding factor regarding where he’d play next season, he did admit a desire to be compensated accordingly.
“The money’s not a huge issue, but as a professional, you definitely want to be paid for what you’re worth,” he said.
“If it’s a crazy number per year, or a guaranteed number, then I think that’s a no-brainer (to sign elsewhere).”
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