GIANTS SIGN MATHIAS KIWANUKA TO THREE-YEAR, $ 16.5 MILLION CONTRACT EXTENSION THROUGH 2015
Umenyiora was unhappy with his situation the other day, he can't possibly be
pleased with the news the Giants slipped
through the back door recently.
The team signed linebacker/defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka to a three-year
contract extension through the 2015 season, according to NFL Players Association
records. (Good eyes by Ralph Vacchiano, who noted
the extension first.)
According to someone who viewed the contract details, the total value of the
contract is $21.75 million over four years. The "new" money is $16.5 million
over three years (2013-15). Kiwanuka received a signing bonus of $8.5 million
and gets $10.95 million in guarantees.
In an email, Umenyiora only addressed his pleasure his teammate and friend,
not his situation.
"Well, I can say I'm happy for Kiwi, that's for sure," Umenyiora wrote. "He
deserves it, after all he has been through. It's a good move by them."
A few minutes later, he added, "It's business. I don't feel anything but
happy for Kiwi honestly. My situation will take care of itself soon."
had signed a two-year deal last summer while an unrestricted free agent
following a neck issue that kept him out of the final 13 games of the 2010
season. He was scheduled to earn $4 million in base salary this season but that
figure has now been lowered to $950,000.
Kiwanuka's base salaries for 2012-15 are: $2.95 million, $4.375 million and
(I'm waiting on the full numbers on the deal. Will get them to you as soon as
Kiwanuka, 29, had only 3˝ sacks last season but was credited with a
career-high 84 tackles and was a big part of the team's run defense by keeping
containment on the outside. He also proved his herniated disk was not an issue
despite plenty of repeated contact with opposing blockers and ball carriers. He
participated in 77.9 percent of the team's defensive snaps.
Why this extension was kept on the hush for this long and not leaked is
unclear at this point.
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One other contract note: DT Shaun Rogers deal is for the veteran minimum, as
expected: one year, $925,000.