Giants release DE Mathias Kiwanuka

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Giants release DE Mathias Kiwanuka
Tuesday February 24th, 2015

The New York Giants have released defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, one of the last remaining links to their two Super Bowl runs in the 2000s, the team announced Tuesday.

Kiwanuka, who will be 32 next month, has spent all nine seasons of his NFL career with the Giants. He played vital roles on the teams that won Super Bowls XLII and XLIV in 2007 and 2011, respectively.

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Kiwanuka's 2014 season ended after 11 games, 28 tackles and 2.5 sacks when he was forced to undergo knee surgery.

Kiwanuka was due a $4.78 million base salary in 2015 and his cap hit would have exceeded $7 million. Prior to last season, Kiwanuka accepted a pay cut to keep his roster spot.

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Without Kiwanuka, only two Giants from the Super Bowl runs under head coach Tom Coughlin remain on the active roster: Quarterback Eli Manning and long snapper Zak DeOssie.

The Giants finished 6-10 last season, the team's worst record since 2004.

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