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Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara said he is "relieved" the team picked up the fifth-year option on him last week (Daily News, May 6).

"Definitely relieved," Amukamara said of the Giants picking up his option. "Everyone wants to be wanted, and if they didn't pick up my option it would just show they didn't trust me.

Speaking at a fundraiser for the non-profit TAP Inc. in Manhattan on Tuesday, Amukamara noted he definitely would have been disappointed if the Giants hadn't picked it up.

"I'm not going to lie," he said. "It would have hurt a little for them not to pick it up."

Amukamara, who showed promise of being No. 1 corner ability last season, was nervous about the free agency situation and is glad to have been offered the shot to prove his worth for a long-term deal.

"Long-term deals give you security," he said. "But my job is to play and my agent’s job is to handle those things. But I would definitely be lying if I said I wouldn’t want a long-term deal. But I know only I can control that."

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