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Bears Roster Breakdown 90-in-90: Prince Amukamara

In this installment of the 90-in-90 series, we look at cornerback Prince Amukamara

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It would be fair to call Prince Amukamara’s career to date a bit of a disappointment. Taken in the first round by the New York Giants in 2011, he was touted by some as a future All-Pro contender. However, he broke his foot before ever playing in a professional game, and a biceps injury sidelined him after that. Despite all of his promise early on, he has basically been a starting-level corner for his career. Okay, but not exceptional.

He is coming off of a 1-year “prove it” deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and given that he came to the Bears, it seems that he still has something to prove.


Age: 28 years old

Experience: 7th year

Height: 6’

Weight: 201lbs

Contract and salary cap

Amukamara is essentially on his second “prove it” deal. Spotrac reports that he has a 1-year, $7 million contract, with all of that guaranteed.

Reason for improvement in 2017

Amukamara is good at wrapping a guy up after a pass has been completed, and when healthy he has the basic skill set to provide coverage as a supporting role. Additionally, he has flashed the ability to be an asset when he is in a system that asks him to keep the play in front of him.

Reason for regression in 2017

Fun fact—Amukamara has played a complete season only once in his career (2013). Even worse, he has a nasty tendency of only acting on passes once the ball has been completed. He struggles, mightily at times, to keep a play from happening. His real skill is in minimizing damage, and even in that category he struggles without the right team around him.

Final roster odds

Barring some amazing disaster, Amukamara will make the roster. He has the fourth-highest cap hit on the Bears this year, and his full contract is guaranteed.