Richard Sherman signed a four-year, $56 million extension with the Seattle Seahawks last week. Joe Haden agreed to a massive new deal with the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday. Patrick Peterson is likely set to get a similar deal with the Arizona Cardinals some time in the near future.
However, New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara hasn’t played up to that level after being selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. However, the Giants did pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. Amukamara knows he hasn’t given the Giants the value they expected when taking him with the 19th overall pick four years ago.
According to Conor Orr of the Newark Star Ledger, Amukamara understands that if he wants to get a new deal done with the Giants, he’ll have to produce more on the field the next two seasons.
“I don’t expect them to [give me a new deal],” Amukamara said. “I don’t think I really gave them a return on their investment yet. And with that being said, I plan on this year being a huge year for me. I’m just focused on playing ball.”
Amukamara has appeared in 36 games for the Giants over the last three seasons with 27 starts. He’s managed just three interceptions in three seasons but turned in his best year for the Giants last fall. Amukamara posted 85 tackles with two forced fumbles and an interception for New York in 2013.
Last season may prove to be a springboard for Amukamara to join the club of Sherman, Haden and Peterson as the league’s best young talents. He knows he’s not there yet.