Giants to let Amukamara test free agent market
As free agency there is one player that really wants to remain with the New York Giants and that’s cornerback Prince Amukamara. Prince told SiriusXM Radio that general manager Jerry Reese told him the team wouldn’t negotiate till he tests the free agent market. With the possibilities of wholesale changes to the roster the decision isn’t too surprising.
A part of Prince Amukamara continues to hope that he’ll return to the Giants next season. But that definitely won’t happen until the veteran cornerback hits the free agent market first.
And that’s not all Amukamara’s doing. In an interview with SiriusXM Radio on Wednesday, the veteran corner indicated that the Giants have no interest in negotiating with him until he’s had a chance to test the market. Free agency opens on March 15.
“Every free agent had their exit meeting with Jerry Reese, our GM (with the Giants),” Amukamara said. “And he basically told me that he’s just . . . they’re going to wait til free agency (to negotiate). I don’t expect any talks to happen between (now and) then.” (New York Daily News)
The Giants have a ton of cap room so I’m not quite sure why they’re not trying to keep their top corner from hitting the market. Yes, he has only played a full season once in his five year career but he’s shown flashes of brilliance at times. At points in the season him and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie looked like the shutdown tandem most teams wish they could have.
While I don’t think injuries are behind their decision Prince knows it’s something he’ll have to answer at every interview.
“I feel like I’ve put out on film that when I’m on the field, I can definitely play and play as good as anybody,” Amukamara said. “But . . . I do have that injury bug or whatever attached to me. But I think my film, like I said is great enough to put me in a position to be one of the top corners to be picked up.” (New York Daily News)
The decision by the Giants is a gamble but obviously one the team feels it’s worth making. Prince is lined up to be one of the top corners on the market which would earn him a pretty nice payday, especially if Josh Norman stays with Carolina. If they decide at the end of the day they want to keep him, they could wind up in a bidding war with many other teams.
“Money is not a huge issue,” he said. “But as a professional, you definitely want to be paid for what you’re worth. If it’s something crazy, if it’s a crazy number per year, or guaranteed, I think it’s a no-brainer (I’ll sign with the team that makes that offer.”
“It’s just the reality,” he added, “and now it’s just a waiting game.” (New York Daily News)
At the end of the day this could wind up being a move that seals Jerry Reese’s fate with the team. Reese wants to make tons of changes and is leaving all options open. The problem with that is he may let one of the teams best players walk with nothing to show for it.