Giants release DE Kiwanuka

East Rutherford, NJ ( – The New York Giants released veteran
defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old Kiwanuka had spent his entire nine-year NFL career with the
Giants and was part of two Super Bowl championships. The move saves the Giants
$4.825 million against the salary cap.

Kiwanuka started each of the first 11 games at left defensive end last season,
but he suffered a knee injury against Dallas on Nov. 23 and was placed on
injured reserve. He ended with 28 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks.

The Boston College product was the 32nd overall selection in the 2006 NFL
Draft. He played in 120 games with 82 starts — 52 at defensive end, 29 at
strongside linebacker and one at weakside linebacker. Kiwanuka recorded 464
tackles, 38 1/2 sacks and three interceptions.

Kiwanuka also played in six postseason games with three starts. He was a
member of the Giants’ Super Bowl XLII and XLVI championship teams.