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Giants sign Mathias Kiwanuka to contract extension

Associated Press Modified: April 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm •  Published: April 27, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants signed linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka to a three-year-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through 2015 .

The Super Bowl champions announced the deal Friday, a day after they signed veteran defensive tackle Shaun Rogers.

Kiwanuka will earn more than $21 million, including an $8.5 million signing bonus, under terms of the deal, which was posted on the NFL Players Association website. He base salary will only be $950,000 next season but his salaries over the final three years will be $2.95 million, $4.375 million and $4.775 million. The deal also includes incentives.

The signing further clouds whether the Giants will give defensive end Osi Umenyiora a new contract. He said general manager Jerry Reese promised to rework his contract after the 2010 season and that still has not been done. Umenyiora, who is now in the final year of a deal that will pay him $3.975 million this season, refused to speculate on how the Kiwanuka deal will affect his contract situation.

"No idea what it means, but we will see," Umenyiora said in an email to The Associated Press. "I thought it was a good, smart decision by the Giants."

The 29-year-old Kiwanuka appeared in all 20 games last season, playing strongside linebacker on first and second downs and as a lineman in passing situations. The seven-year veteran finished fourth on the team with 84 tackles, 3½ sacks, 13 tackles for losses, nine quarterback hits, an interception, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Kiwanuka missed most of the 2010 season with a neck injury and did not get a big deal when re-signed a two-year deal with the team in the offseason. His play convinced the team he was worth a long-term contract.

Kiwanuka was the Giants' first-round draft choice in 2006. He was originally drafted as a defensive end but was switched to linebacker in 2007, a season in which he broke his leg. He played end in 2008 and 2009 and returned to linebacker in 2010.

The former Boston College star has played in 76 regular-season games with 56 starts. He has 339 tackles, 17 sacks, three interceptions, nine forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries


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