The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed New York Giants free agent cornerback Prince Amukamara, according to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN. The team needed some help in their secondary and with the signing of Amukamara and former Cleveland Browns safety Tashaun Gipson, it looks like they finally have it.
Former Giants CB Prince Amukamara is signing a 1-year deal with Jacksonville, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2016
Amukamara was originally a first-round pick for the Giants in the 2011 NFL Draft and was someone a lot of people thought the Jaguars might be interested in drafting. He's played in 55 games for the Giants over his five-year career, but injuries have kept him at just one year where he's played more than 13 games.
The 26-year-old has flashed Pro Bowl ability but it just hasn't been at a consistent level and he's been derailed a number of times with injuries. He's not really a fit, size and length-wise for what the Jaguars typically like to look for, but he is an outside corner and that's a position the Jaguars need to upgrade so that Aaron Colvin can move back into the slot, which is where he's best.
If Amukamara can pan out like their last big free agent cornerback in Davon House, I'd say this is a win for general manager Dave Caldwell.