THE GIANTS AND KIWANUKA PART WAYS
(Mathias Kiwinuka and the Giants part ways after nine seasons)
After calling Big Blue home for his only nine seasons in the league, Mathias Kiwinuka has been released by the Giants. The former first round pick in 2006 has not only had success but, defined what it was to be a Giant. After contributing to two Giants Super Bowls, the defensive end/ linebacker will now begin searching for a new place to call home next season.
Kiwinuka had done everything you could ask from a player. He not only played outstanding throughout his stint with the team but, he had made the move from his natural position at defensive end, to a linebacker a few seasons ago upon request.
The move undoubtedly was made because the Giants felt they needed to move on and start revamping their defensive line by getting younger. The move will also save the Giants $4.825 million against the cap this season and Kiwinuka will be able to sign with a team before the start of free agency. Kiwinuka was expect to make around $7 million this season.
Kiwinuka is one of the last defensive lineman that was part of the outstanding defensive lines the Giants had in both of their recent Super Bowl runs. Kiwinuka was also one of the three players that was part of the 2007-2008 Super Bowl where the Giants defeated the ALMOST undefeated Patriots. Eli Manning and long snapper Zak DeOssie are now the only two active Giants that were on that 2007-2008 Giants squad.