NFC East Watch: Giants Cut Mathias Kiwanuka

Kiwanuka spent nine seasons with the Giants before being released on Tuesday

Longtime New York Giants defensive end and linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka has been cut by the team in a cost-cutting move after nine seasons and two Super Bowl titles together.

Kiwanuka was drafted with the 32nd overall pick in 2006 out of Boston College and, before his release Tuesday, was one of just three players left on the roster who was a member of the 2007 Super Bowl Championship team. His release will save the Giants a shade under $5 million against the cap.

"The thing that has always impressed me about Kiwi is how serious he is about the game," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said of the move, per Dan Graziano of ESPN. "He was always prepared and always in outstanding condition and played very hard. And he had some nasty in him. I always felt like you could count on certain things from him: eight [or] nine sacks, harass the quarterback, and you could move him around, inside, outside. He is dependable, reliable and there is no question about his professionalism. His character and professionalism and serious approach to the game will be missed."

In his final year with New York, he recorded three tackles against the rival Dallas Cowboys, including a sack--one of his career-low 2.5 sacks in 2014.

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