Should the New York Giants re-unite with old friend Prince Amukamara?

New York Giants, Prince Amukamara

The New York Giants are extremely thin at the cornerback position, with DeAndre Baker on the commissioner’s exempt list and Sam Beal opting out of the 2020 season. There’s currently a void at the number two cornerback spot, which the Giants are monitoring closely but haven’t found a supplement for.

They currently have a bevy of undrafted free agents, and late-round draft picks competing for starting reps. This isn’t the most motivating situation, as the Giants will be taking a massive risk with any of the available options on the roster.

The thought initially was that second your player Julian Love might fill-in at CB2, but with Xavier McKinney fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his left foot, Love will have to now play free safety for a majority of the 2020 season. This leaves players like Corey Ballentine, Prince Smith, Brandon Williams, and Chris Williamson as potential options.

The New York Giants have another option to consider:

However, the Las Vegas Raiders released former first-round pick, Prince Amukamara, on Monday morning. Amukamara was originally drafted by the Giants back in 2011 but failed to become an elite player at his position.

Nonetheless, he was a solid contributor and has had an adequate nine-year career up to this point. In 2019, he turned 30 years old and played for the Chicago Bears. He racked up 53 combined tackles, 10 passes defended and logged a 66.2% completion rate against. He allowed two touchdowns.

While his completion percentage was quite lofty, he limited receivers to just a 57.3 completion rate in 2018. The Bears took a significant step back last year with Mitchell Trubisky struggling and the offense providing little support. He has also been relatively healthy the past few years, playing in no fewer than 14 games since 2016.

He signed a one-year, $1.05 million deal with the Las Vegas Raiders this offseason, indicating he would be an extremely cheap fix.

Aside from his price-tag, his veteran experience would make him a suitable fill-in at CB2. While there’s only two weeks before the regular season starts, his experience in the NFL should allow him to adapt quickly. In a primary man coverage scheme under Patrick Graham, Amukamara would be asked to line up and shadow the opposing wide receiver two. I believe this would be an efficient option for the Giants and provide more competition in the secondary.

Recapping the New York Jets’ first day of free agency

New York Jets, Adam Gase

The New York Jets have expressed a lot of interest but done very little, so here’s a breakdown of all that’s gone down in regards to the Jets today for both sides of the ball. As for tomorrow, Gang Green needs to wake up.

Offensive Line Rumors

The Jets were in on three key offensive linemen — Graham Glasgow, Joe Thuney, and Jack Conklin. All three are not going to be joining the Green and White. Despite prioritizing building through the trenches, the Jets added one offensive lineman today, and it was a guy they could’ve waited to scoop up in George Fant. The Jets need to add interior offensive linemen and are reportedly targeting C/G Steven Wisniewski & G Greg Van Roten. Van Roten is a longtime Jets fan and great pass protector, Wisniewski is a veteran with Douglas connections.

Wide Receiver Rumors

The Jets are devoted to helping Sam, but at what cost? The Jets missed out on adding either Stefon Diggs, Amari Cooper, and DeAndre Hopkins. All three would’ve been legit number one receivers. Now the Jets head towards day two of free agency looking to add playmakers. Phillip Dorsett is reportedly a big target. Dorsett is the only guy the Jets have publicly been linked to, but expect more to emerge tomorrow and keep an eye on Emmanuel Sanders.

Edge Rusher Rumors

The Jets have been very active in expressing interest here. The Jets have shown interest in Dante Fowler Jr as expected. However, the Jets have also shown SERIOUS interest in Jadeveon Clowney. If the money is there and feasible, the Jets should go after him. He would be a monster for Gregg Williams to have fun with on defense. Fowler and Clowney would immediately add more star power on defense. The Jets also seem inclined to let Jordan Jenkins walk per Connor Hughes of The Athletic.

As for lesser names, the Jets had shown interest in Kyle Van Noy before the Dolphins added him. Expect them to target Markus Golden as well.

Cornerback Rumors

The Jets were in on both James Bradberry and Byron Jones, but it seemed more than likely they would target lesser corners. Desmond Trufant was released by Atlanta today and has already been linked to the Jets. As has Chris Harris Jr. and Prince Amukamara. Brian Poole is a guy the Jets would like to bring back, but cost is debatable. Corner is a priority for the Jets, and their goal is to find value guys.

What the New York Jets need to do to piece together an elite defense

New York Jets, Jamal Adams

The New York Jets’ defense ranked among the top half of the league and was ranked as one of the top rushing defenses in all of football last season. The defense was good but not great. With the defensive line figured out and filled with depth, C.J. Mosley returning, Avery Williamson potentially returning if he is not cut, the defense can be great. They just need to fill 2 vital holes.

Cornerback

Main Options

The Jets ideal route for filling the holes at corner would be to resign Brian Poole so the slot role is filled and then go about grabbing a lead corner in free agency. The biggest issue for the Jets is avoiding tying themselves to a contract resembling the headache they just freed themselves of in Trumaine Johnson.

The free agency class is top-heavy at corner but there is depth within the lower levels. James Bradberry and Byron Jones are reportedly being targeted by the Jets. Both guys would immediately become the Jets lead corner and fill a huge hole.

Bradberry is very underrated and has been Carolina’s top corner for the past few years. The Jets reportedly believe he is the better of the two and are willing to splurge on him. I believe Bradberry would be great but he wants to be a part of resetting the cornerback market and his contract may be too pricey.

Other Options

If the Jets miss out on the top two guys, Ronald Darby, Prince Amukamara, Jalen Mills, Chris Harris Jr., and Trae Waynes are among the guys the Jets could target. Even if the Jets get one of these guys to be their lead corner, the Jets need to grab a corner in the draft as well. By doing that the Jets would have two veteran CBs and two younger options, a draft pick and Bless Austin. This would drastically change the Jets secondary and potentially make it elite depending on the additions.

Pass Rush

John Abraham was the last elite pass rusher the Jets had. Mo Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson were both great defensive linemen but not capable of being pass rushers. The Jets drafted Jordan Jenkins a few years ago and he’s developed into a consistently good pass rusher, but he should be re-signed and used as a complementary pass rusher to a better pass rusher.

The Jets can go about filling that hole in a few ways. Free agency is an option, Dante Fowler Jr. and Markus Golden are two guys the Jets have been tied to and both would be great additions. In the draft, there are a few guys I have grown fond of in the pre-draft process. Bradlee Anae, Josh Uche, Kenny Wilekes, Curtis Weaver and Jonathan Greenard are all very talented pass rushers who could be available for the Jets on Days 2 and 3. Any of those guys would be great additions to the Jets and could be capable of becoming elite pass rushers. The Jets need to form an elite pass-rushing tandem, maybe even a trio. The overall goal needs to be an establishment of pass rush and finally getting playmakers at the edge.

The Jets need to get a few more “dawgs” and if they do that then the Jets will have an elite defense that can help lead this team to playoff contention.

New York Giants could reunite with talented cornerback

New York Giants, Prince Amukamara

General manager of the New York Giants, Dave Gettleman, has never been proactive in solving defensive secondaries, yet, he invested multiple draft picks in 2019 towards bolstering the cornerback unit.

Selecting DeAndre Baker in the first round, Julian Love in the fourth, and Corey Ballentine in the sixth was supposed to give the Giants plenty of options moving forward in the secondary. However, the lack of production from the draft picks was evident throughout the season. Hopefully, they can take a significant leap forward in 2020 after acquiring a year of experience under their belt.

The New York Giants need to sign a veteran:

Gettleman is apparently interested in former Dallas Cowboys corner, Byron Jones, who’s just 27 years old and presents the best option in free agency at the position. He will cost upwards of $17 million per season, but worth every penny in the process.

Another veteran option has become available this offseason, though, as the Chicago Bears cut former Giants, Prince Amukamara.

Amukamara was a first-round pick with Big Blue in 2011, and after spending five years in blue, he was allowed to walk in free agency. He spent one season with the Jacksonville Jaguars and then took his talents to Chicago.

With the Giants currently looking for an established veteran in the secondary, Amukamara could fit the bill, especially alongside second-year player, DeAndre Baker.

Prince earned a 68.2 grade via PFF, about 20 points better than Baker, who should slot in as the No. 2 option in 2020. After not recording an interception in 2019, he posted three in 2018, showing he can be a ball hawk at times. His 66.2% catch-rate was exponentially higher than his 2018 value of 57.3%. Seeing a significant increase in catch-rate is not a good sign for the veteran corner, but it could have been a product of his inept team that featured Mitchell Trubisky on offense.

If the Giants are looking for a cheaper corner with experience, Amukamara could fit the bill nicely.

Former New York Giant Amukamara Leading with the Bears

New York Giants, Prince Amukamara

The New York Giants drafted Prince Amukamara in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.  After four seasons, Amukamara went to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars and is now on the Chicago Bears.

Amukamara is a force to be reckoned with on any defense he plays.  He studies every team he plays against and knows the ins and outs of their schematic plays.  He goes out there every game and gives it his all.  Amukamara never runs out of fuel and plays every game like it’s the championship!  He rallies his teammates and motivates the team and the fans. On the field, he plays with such vigor and force, but off the field, Amukamara is as kind as can be!

Amukamara is a true family man and is so down-to-earth.  He is docile and so well-mannered to all, which is the reason he is liked by everyone!.  Amukamara and his beautiful wife Pilar are a true team and a match made in Heaven!  The two of them support one another and are there for each other always.  Pilar is always at the games cheering Prince on and even bakes for his teammates.  They are great parents to their utterly adorable kids Paisley and Princeton and always spend quality time together.  They are easygoing and teach their kids through their words and actions on how to be upstanding people.  They have great role models as Amukamara and Pilar are always giving back to the community in every way they can, whether it be going to support Coach Coughlin’s Jay Fund or donating goods to those less fortunate!

Amukamara may no longer be a New York Giant, but he most certainly has a Giant heart.  As his name entails, he is royalty through and through!

This Sucks: Cornerbacks That Can Replace DRC For The Giants

New York Giants, Prince Amukamara

The New York Giants released veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on Sunday, freeing up $6.5 million in cap-space. The movement from veteran to youth is now in full effect, and general manager Dave Gettleman isn’t waiting around to start the overhaul.

We should expect to see more cuts in the coming days, but for now let’s delve into who could potentially replace Rodgers-Cromartie at corner:

1.) Indianapolis Colts: Rashaan Melvin

The 28-year-old cornerback emerged as the best cover corner on the Colts last season, but it was against all odds as he was never considered as such before.

The Giants could pursue Melvin in free agency and likely lock him up to a reasonable deal that would cost less than DRC was set to count. Melvin made less than $1 million last year as a five-year veteran, and will likely only garner $2-3 million per-season on the free agent market.

With a supporting cast of Landon Collins, Janoris Jenkins, Ross Cockrell (if he’s re-signed) and Eli apple behind him, he might be the perfect guy to compete for a starting role on the defense.

2.)  Chicago Bears: Bryce Callahan

The 26 year-old corner has improved in every season he’s been in the league, and at such a young age, the sky is the limit.

There’s reason to believe he could garner a big contract in the coming years, but if the Giants lock him down for the long-term, he could be a steal in free agency.

A $2-3 million per-season deal over three-years could be a good move for the Giants, who are trying to bring in more youth.

3.) Chicago Bears: Prince Amukamara

Anybody remember the Prince? Well, he could be on his way back to New York. At 29-years-old, Amukamara is on the older side, but has extreme value at the right price.

There’s no doubt that Amukamara is talented and a skilled corner, but his injury history is the biggest concern. If he can stay healthy, he would be a great pickup for the Giants.

His worth might be too much for the Giants to offer, but it’s possible they can lock him in for $4.5-5 million per-season on a two-year deal. He might prefer the stability rather than testing his worth on a “prove” it deal.