Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 4/27/12
 The Giants gave Kiwanuka a 2 year “prove it” deal last offseason after a nasty neck injury and he certainly proved it last year. He played a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end spot and was above average in both spots. ProFootballFocus graded him out as the 5th best run stuffing outside linebacker (and 7th best overall) and he managed 5 sacks, 8 hits, and 22 pressures in 328 snaps rushing the passer. He was a big part of the Giants’ 4 defensive end set in nickel, dime, and quarter packages with Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre Paul, and Osi Umenyiora that played a big role in the Giants winning the Super Bowl. They did right by him giving him a new deal after giving him the prove it deal last offseason and, barring another major injury, he should prove to be well worth the 16.5 million over 3 years (with 10.95 million guaranteed) he was given, which is a good deal when you compare it to what similar players got, like Jarret Johnson (4 years 19 million at age 31 in August) and Kamerion...
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