The move will save the Giants $4.825 million--Kiwanuka's 2015 salary--against the cap.
Kiwanuka had 2.5 sacks in 11 games last season. He was one of three players remaining from the Giants 2007 Super Bowl team. Long snapper Zak D'Ossie and QB Eli Manning are the other two.
Kiwanuka's 2015 salary will be $4.775 million, but he would count $7.45 million against the salary cap. It's been widely speculated that the Giants would release him to save nearly $5 million against the cap.
When Coughlin was asked if there was a place for Kiwanuka on the Giants, he declined to comment.
Kiwanuka, who will be 32 next season, had a career-low 2.5 sacks in 11 games. His season was cut short by a knee injury.
Ayers suffered the injury Week 13 at Jacksonville. Kiwanuka sat out that game after recording 28 tackles and 2.5 sacks in the first 11 contests.
Kiwanuka has been plagued with a knee ailment that will cause him to miss his first game this season. He has started all the rest.
|2006||New York Giants||16||53||44.0||9||4||2||44||22.0||32||0||4|
|2007||New York Giants||10||46||34.0||12||4.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||4|
|2008||New York Giants||16||51||34.0||17||8||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2009||New York Giants||16||61||46.0||15||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2010||New York Giants||3||11||9.0||2||4||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||New York Giants||16||84||62.0||22||3.5||1||9||9.0||9||0||2|
|2012||New York Giants||16||37||27.0||10||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||New York Giants||16||41||25.0||16||6||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2014||New York Giants||11||28||19.0||9||2.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2006||New York Giants||16||1||1||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2007||New York Giants||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2008||New York Giants||16||0||0||2||0||2||0||2||0|
|2009||New York Giants||16||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2010||New York Giants||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||New York Giants||16||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||0|
|2012||New York Giants||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||New York Giants||16||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New York Giants||11||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
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