A Giants backup for the last few years, Mathias Kiwanuka was an integral part of the team’s two Super Bowl runs in 2007 and 2011.
The New York Giants have officially released veteran LB/DE Mathias Kiwanuka after nine seasons and two Super Bowl wins with the team.
The Giants announced that they were releasing the veteran defender after nine seasons with the team. In his nine-year career with the team Kiwanuka recorded 38.5 sacks and over 400 tackles in 120 games played.
The first round draft pick of the Giants in 2006, Kiwanuka was one of the key supporting players in the Giants two Super Bowl wins over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI. Kiwanuka, along with QB Eli Manning and LS Zac DeOssie were the only players on the Giants 2014 roster that had played in both of their Super Bowl wins.
Kiwanuka was placed on injured reserve after 11 games in 2014, recording 28 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 558 snaps, though his play began to dip even before a knee injury ended his season.
The Giants will save $4.825 million on the salary cap by cutting Kiwanuka