John Fennelly, Lead WriterAfter the Giants signed CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in free agency last month, head coach Tom Coughlin said DRC would be assigned to the opponents’ No. 1 receivers. The other day, the incumbent No. 1 CB, Prince Amukamara, was asked for his reaction to that statement.
“I would just say that it doesn’t really affect me; it doesn’t really affect my goals of how I come into the season,” Prince said. “I’m always competing and I’m always just trying to be the number one corner on this team and in the league. It really doesn’t affect how I prepare.”
Amukamara did not sound insulted by the coach’s remark. He was asked if he took it as a challenge.
“No, I’m not insulted at all. Of course it’s a challenge but Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie isn’t my standard. He isn’t my standard that I have to try to get to. I’m my standard, I’m trying to always be the best corner I can be. Gosh, I like that answer. Sorry.”
DRC is the more experienced player, so Coughlin does have a point. But one thing Prince would be insulted by is if the Giants do not pick up his fifth-year option (worth $6.898 million) by the May 3rd deadline.
From Jordan Raanan of the Star-Ledger:
It’s a sensitive decision that needs to be made some time in the next 10 days. If the Giants exercise the option, they have another large cap number on the books for next season. If the Giants elect to pass on the option year, they’re left with an insulted starting cornerback.
“I would say naturally [I’d be insulted], maybe a little bit,” Amukamara conceded Tuesday. “But I’ve been hearing this NFL thing is all a business, so I definitely can’t take it personal.”