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Mathias Kiwanuka | Defensive Lineman

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (32) / 3/8/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 267
College: Boston College
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Giants released/failed physical DE Mathias Kiwanuka.
It was a matter of when, not if, Kiwanuka would be released. The move creates $4.825 million in cap space. Kiwanuka has spent his entire nine-year career in New York, but has struggled for several years running. He generated just 2.5 sacks in 558 snaps last season. 12 days shy of his 32nd birthday, Kiwanuka is also recovering from knee surgery. He won't be offered guaranteed money in free agency until he can prove he's healthy, and even then it might not happen. Feb 24 - 3:21 PM

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Giants coach Tom Coughlin said at the NFL Combine that DE Mathias Kiwanuka's playing future is uncertain.

Kiwanuka has been a liability several years running, turns 32 next month, and is coming off knee surgery. He's also owed a $4.775 million base salary. He's a lock to be released by the Giants, who need youth at defensive end.
Feb 19 - 1:44 PM

ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano called DE Mathias Kiwanuka an "obvious" candidate to be released this offseason.

The Giants could save $4.85 million by cutting the almost 32-year-old Kiwanuka. With only 15 sacks over the last four seasons and his effectiveness against the run diminishing, Kiwanuka is an easy cut for the Giants. He will struggle to get anything more than one-year deals on the open market.
Source: ESPN
Jan 24 - 1:51 PM

Giants placed DE Mathias Kiwanuka on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending his season.

Kiwanuka started each of the first 11 games, notching 28 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He was largely a liability across his 558 snaps, however, and turns 32 in March. Due $2.2 million between salary and bonuses next season, it's possible Kiwanuka will be released. He's spent his entire nine-year career with the G-Men.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 05:28:00 PM

Giants DE Mathias Kiwanuka agreed to a $2.175 million pay cut.

Kiwanuka was mentioned as a possible cap casualty following the season. Instead, he's reducing his 2014 base salary from $4.375 million to $1.5 million and receives a $700,000 bonus in return. Kiwi can earn another $125,000 back via incentives. The move created $2.05 million in cap space for the Giants.
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 06:07:00 PM

ESPN Giants blogger Dan Graziano believes DE Mathias Kiwanuka could be a cap casualty in the offseason.

Kiwi is in the second year of a four-year, $21.75 million deal. He's scheduled to earn a $4.375 million salary and count over $7 million against the 2014 cap. The Giants would save just $1.8 million in 2014 by cutting him. Kiwanuka has appeared in all 12 games this season, making six starts and recording 24 tackles and four sacks. The G-Men may want to re-sign LE Justin Tuck.
Sat, Dec 7, 2013 10:48:00 AM

Mathias Kiwanuka will practice as the Giants' starting right end until Jason Pierre-Paul (back surgery) returns.

And JPP may not be back anytime soon; his Week 1 readiness is in question. After playing linebacker the past two seasons, Kiwi is loving his position re-switch. "To be able to slap your hand in the ground and not have to worry about going from one position to the other, it makes it more comfortable when you’re out there," Kiwanuka said. "... It was a move I was looking forward to."
Sun, Jun 9, 2013 02:17:00 PM

Justin Tuck said teammate Mathias Kiwanuka's heart is "set" on playing defensive end this season.

Kiwanuka played out of position at strong-side linebacker last year and ended up with just 37 tackles and three sacks. The Giants currently have holes at both defensive end and linebacker, but moving Kiwi back to his natural spot seems like a no-brainer. Even at 30 years old, he'd be a reasonable third end behind Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck.
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 09:21:00 AM

ESPN New York expects the Giants to move Mathias Kiwanuka back to defensive end full-time in 2013.

Kiwanuka struggled at linebacker last season, and may be able to rejuvenate his career at his natural position. With Osi Umenyiora ticketed for Atlanta, Kiwanuka could push LE Justin Tuck across from RE Jason Pierre-Paul. The Giants figure to upgrade their linebackers in the draft, but for now have Keith Rivers on the strong side, Jacquian Williams at weak side, and Mark Herzlich in the middle.
Mon, Mar 25, 2013 04:40:00 PM

Giants SLB Mathias Kiwanuka has agreed to convert $1.5 million of his 2013 base salary into a signing bonus, freeing up cap space.

The $1.5 million was already a guaranteed portion of Kiwanuka's $2.95 million salary. So he's not losing any money. The simple restructure will give the G-Men a better chance to re-sign key free agents Martellus Bennett and Will Beatty. Kiwanuka, 30, managed just 37 tackles and three sacks as a 2012 role player.
Mon, Feb 25, 2013 02:26:00 PM

Giants SLB Mathias Kiwanuka (groin) expects to be fine for Opening Day against the Cowboys.

"I’ll be ready," Kiwanuka said after Friday's preseason game. The Giants and Cowboys are squaring off four days before anyone else in Week 1, but Kiwi's injury doesn't sound like a threat to his Wednesday Night Football status.
Sat, Aug 25, 2012 11:15:00 AM

Giants SLB Mathias Kiwanuka was forced from Friday's preseason game against the Bears with a strained groin.

Kiwanuka has 12 days to get ready for Week 1, but groin injuries have a tendency to linger, so it's not a given he'll be ready for Opening Night against Dallas. Kiwanuka was having a big game before going down, abusing the Bears' shaky line and routinely pressuring Jay Cutler.
Fri, Aug 24, 2012 09:56:00 PM

Giants SLB Mathias Kiwanuka's three-year extension is worth $16.5 million and includes $10.95 million guaranteed.

Kiwanuka received an $8.5 million signing bonus. His 2012 salary is guaranteed, as is over half of Kiwi's $2.95 million salary in 2013. Kiwanuka is assured of being a Giant through his age-30 season, and is under control through his age-32 campaign. The Kiwanuka deal can't be sitting well with Osi Umenyiora, who has been begging for a new contract several years running.
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 05:23:00 PM

Giants signed SLB Mathias Kiwanuka to a three-year extension through 2015.

Without the new deal, Kiwanuka would have entered a contract year in 2012. The 29-year-old pass rusher has settled in as largely a strong-side linebacker in the Giants' 3-4. Per Rotoworld offseason acquisition Mike Clay, Kiwi played 69 percent of his 2011 snaps at linebacker, 21 percent at end, and 8 percent as an interior tackle. Kiwanuka finished with a career high 84 tackles, 3.5 of them good for sacks. He's now under contract through his age-32 season.
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 03:04:00 PM

Giants DC Perry Fewell plans to use Mathias Kiwanuka as the team's starting strong-side linebacker on first and second downs.

"He’s going to play linebacker this year," said LBs coach Jim Herrmann. "In our base package he’s a linebacker. When we go to third down, all bets are off." Playing linebacker puts a cap on Kiwi's ceiling in IDP leagues, unless you can still use him at defensive end. He should have more tackles than most ends.
Mon, Aug 8, 2011 06:06:00 PM

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