Mathias Kiwanuka gets a pay cut from Giants

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As the Giants continue to add players, they keep going back to the well with veterans already on the team to create cap room.

According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, the Giants restructured defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka’s deal to create just over $2 million worth of cap room.

His base salary dropped from $4.375 million to $1.5 million, and he picked up a new $700,000 roster bonus, with another $125,000 available in incentives.

It’s not as big of a pay cut as Chris Snee took to stay, but it beats being a cap casualty and looking for work a week into the free agent market.

24 responses to “Mathias Kiwanuka gets a pay cut from Giants

  1. I keep getting thumbs down for pointing this out, but MLB and NBA protects their players with current contracts from having them reduced. Only the NFL allows this. You people seem to be OK with this. Is this what they mean by “class envy”?

  2. The NBA doesn’t have nearly as strict cap rules as the NFL and the MLB doesn’t have a cap at all so they can afford to do it. Players need to just front load their contracts and try and get as much money as possible. It’s no secret that the older a player gets, the more his performance diminishes and it’s pretty much guaranteed (unless you a QB) you’re gonna take a paycut in the future.

  3. In Jerry we trust !!! Great off-season so far, actually best off-season since 07 superbowl year !!! Go Blue !!!!

  4. Would most of you people prefer a contract that was guaranteed for it’s duration or would you like a contract that can be torn up by your employer and be coerced to to take a paycut or a hike?

  5. My only thing about the contracts in the nfl. If a player gets injured while playing. The team should honor the entire life of the contract. If its a career ending the player should be compensated in some way and covered medically and not have to fight the nfl. The nfl made close to $10 billion just last season plus how much money that was not reported by each team. They can afford to take better care of the players and pay them more.

  6. With Tuck out west, Kiwi should start opposite JPP. Moore and Ojomo can rotate as backups, and the 4 of them can all go on passing downs.

    Veteran leader in Kiwi, JPP on a contract year, and two talented kids as backups. That’s a good DE squad.

  7. No player in the NFL has been screwed over more than Kiwi. Moved out of position repeatedly, then pay slashed b/c he wasn’t living up to contract. Still, owner slurpers are loving these types of moves.

  8. I can never figure the Giants out. One year they suck, the next year they’re really good, then they are average but win the Superbowl.

  9. Ok, I get it now. You people like pro football but you HATE the players. You like it when they take pay cuts or get released. You resent that they make more money than you so you have a perverse sense of elation when they get their salaries reduced. I get it now.

  10. Me like most people work jobs that can be gone tomorrow. I will get $400 a week unemployment.

  11. The ultimate team player. Moved from his natural DE position because the Giants were desperate for linebackers, so he gave it a shot. Probably hurt his career doing it and he did lack as a linebacker, but who can doubt but that he’s a pure team player? Let’s hope a full year back where he belongs helps him get all he can out of his abilities.

  12. Poor guy never has been a stud because he always moved positions for the best interests of the team.

  13. Most fans like the idea of players not getting paid more than they’re worth, and not getting paid at all by a team if they’re no longer with that team. That’s not class envy – that’s fairness.

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