Thursday, August 4, 2011
Updated: August 5, 3:15 PM ET
Sources: Prince Amukamara agrees
By Ohm Youngmisuk
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Not long after they lost a cornerback to injury in practice, the New York Giants finally agreed with first-round pick Prince Amukamara to a four-year deal Thursday night, according to two sources close to the situation.
The cornerback, selected 19th overall out of Nebraska, was the last of the first-round picks to sign. Amukamara signed a contract under the same structure as the ones inked by New England Patriots offensive lineman Nate Solder (drafted 17th) and San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Corey Liuget (drafted 18th).
Head coach Tom Coughlin said Amukamara has some catching up to do.
"It depends on how fast he can learn a new language," Coughlin said. "It is Chinese to him right now, so he has a lot of work to do that way."
"I think you've got to give him the terminology first so that he has the understanding and there is nothing he is confused with from a verbalization standpoint," the coach added. "Then you have to just throw it at him. You will bring him to a point where he can help us and then you will assess how he can help us. After that it is continuous extra time devoted to getting there as fast as he can. He has a lot of classroom work to make up for. You figure four hours a day in the classroom since we have been here."
Giants general manager Jerry Reese had said Saturday that the only thing separating Amukamara from a contract on the first day of training camp was some language in the contract. It took almost a week to clear things up. The holdup concerned details of the contract and how much of it was guaranteed, a source said. The first three years are fully guaranteed and just over half of the fourth year is guaranteed.
With a new rookie salary system in the new CBA, Amukamara, who played at Nebraska, would get $8.1809 million under a max deal from the Giants, although teams are allowed to pay slightly more if they wish.
The Giants have been talking all week long about how they needed to get their first-round pick into camp. Amukamara has missed five practices thus far. The Giants can really use him after defensive back Bruce Johnson ruptured his Achilles tendon during Thursday's practice. He was waived on Friday after having two straight years cut short because of a serious injury.
In 2010, he hurt his knee and played in only five games.
The Giants also added cornerback Darnell Burks, a
rookie free agent from Fort Valley State, on Friday.
Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.